Group to appeal SC decision upholding removal of Filipino, “panitikan” subjects from list of required subjects in college

(Eagle News)–The Alyansa ng mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino will appeal anew the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the removal of Filipino and “panitikan” from the list of required subjects in colleges.

The group of professors, students and activists said it would file a second motion for reconsideration after the SC  upheld its November 2018 decision that ruled the legality of Commission on  Higher Education (CHEd) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, which allowed  for such a removal.

In upholding the decision, the SC reiterated  the law does not specify when the subjects in question should be taught.

CMO 20, the High Court said, merely transferred the subjects to form part of the curriculum of primary and secondary education.

“The ravaging tides of globalization and cultural homogenization will surely wipe Filipino and panitikan out, if we refuse to institutionalize their propagation in our whole education system,” it said.