House approves bill requiring GMRC classes in kindergarten

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A bill approved by the House of Representatives wants kids to start learning good manners and right conduct early, with the lectures proposed to be started from kindergarten to Grade 3. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 4) — A bill approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday wants kids to start early in values education.

With 225 votes, lawmakers on Tuesday approved House Bill 5829 which will require sessions on good manners and right conduct (GMRC) starting kindergarten until third grade.

The measure combines nine proposals pending before the chamber, which all seek to instill basic etiquette and manners among young learners. Through the bill, GMRC would be officially included in the K-to-12 basic education program, and will be taught as a separate subject.

"The GMRC shall inculcate among the students the concepts of human dignity, respect for oneself, and giving oneself to others in the spirit of community, for the effective and holistic development of the decision-making skills of the child," the consolidated bill read.

The proposal seeks to "improve the declining moral values of the young generation," with solons citing changes caused by "modernity."

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Covered by these lectures are discipline and order, according proper respect to people, sincerity, honesty, obedience, "and above all, love for country." The Department of Education has been assigned to provide training for school teachers who will give these lessons.

The bill must be approved by Senate before it can be referred to Malacañang for signing into law.