The proposal to temporarily remove physical education and home economics subjects from the curriculum is facing strong opposition.
The College of Human Kinetics of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP-CHK), led school officials and students, who have expressed their disagreement on this proposition, which Sen. Win Gatchalian proposed last week.
“We consider Senator Gatchalian’s statement as a blatant disregard of the importance of physical education as a possible conduit of learnings in physical activities that can possibly provide the impetus for increasing physical activity,” said UP CHK dean Francis Diaz in a statement.
Last week, Gatchalian, said he is for the temporary removal of PE and Home Economics, and the prioritization of basic subjects like Math and English once school classes resume in August.
“Bawasan muna natin ang subjects na ituturo, for example, tanggalin na muna natin ang PE o Home Economics. Ituro natin ang pinakamahalaga, Math, Science, English at Reading.”
The removal of the subjects should be enforced while community quarantine measures are being done to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Diaz said that through physical education, the benefits of ample physical activity and life skills may be gained and established.
This will make up for the absence of any formal instructions on gaining enough physical activity for health and the boosting of the immune system.
UP-CHK officials believe that Gatchalian, in his proposal, is willing to negate all of these benefits.