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House approves bill to bring back GMRC subject to schools

(GMRC) subject in schools

Congressmen want to bring back Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) subject in schools ‘to introduce and teach etiquette and moral uprightness to students at an early age.’

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 5829 which institutionalizes GMRC subject as part of the Department of Education (DepEd)’s K to 12 curriculum and creates a separate GMRC subject for students in kindergarten to third grade.

The members of the House voted unanimously for the proposed GMRC Act with 225 affirmativeand 0 negative votes. If enacted into law, the curriculum will focus on the basic tenets of good manners and right conduct such as caring for oneself, giving concern for others, according proper respect to people, upholding discipline and order, and cultivating sincerity, honesty, obedience, and above all, love for the country.

Under the measure, the DepEd shall be directed to conduct appropriate training for teachers and educators in kindergarten to grade three on GMRC.

H.B. 5829 is a consolidated version of nine other bills, including House Speaker Alan Peter “Compañero” S. Cayetano’s H.B. No. 1 entitled “An Act Institutionalizing a National Values, Etiquette, and Moral Uprightness Program.”

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