CHR point out DepEd modules discouraging students to join rallies

The Commission of Human Rights alleged a certain module that went viral on social media coming from the Department of Education discouraging students from participating in rallies.

“It is equally important to develop among our children critical thinking, especially when it comes to issues that affect us, not only personally but as well as those national in scope”, Atty. Jacqueline De Guia, CHR spokesperson said.

De Guia mentioned that the freedoms that we are enjoying now are won through past struggles like rallies.

“Instead of discouraging dissent, it would be better to demand better services and accountability from the government and its officials as part of their duty to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of all,” she added.

On the said module, one of the guide questions asked: “If given a chance, will you join the rally? Why or why not?” 

The corresponding answer key read: “No because the government has really been doing their best for all the Filipino people and their constituents.”

De Guia stressed that love for a country is not just about obedience. It “can also be manifested through collectively tackling issues of our communities and the country under the guidance of rights entitled to us and protected by the Constitution, including the people’s right to freedom of speech, of expression, the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and petition the government to redress grievances.”

The CHR spokesperson also asked citizens to report to DepEd any errors found on the learning modules.

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