DepEd to prioritize discipline; mandatory ROTC eyed for tertiary
The mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is being eyed for tertiary level while basic education will focus on strengthening the curriculum, Education Secretary and Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio said.
“During our discussion, it was clear sa lahat na mas maganda kung ibalik ang ROTC sa higher education since noon nasa higher education na talaga siya,” Duterte said.
Duterte said that DepEd “will focus on other parts of the curriculum that would instill discipline and love of country among learners”.
Meanwhile, CHED Chairperson Popoy De Vera also confirmed that there have been talks with DepEd and members of the Senate and House of Representatives on the proposed mandatory implementation of ROTC.
De Vera said that it is not yet “settled” which level the mandatory ROTC will be implemented.
“There are views, whether it is better to put it in senior high, or whether it is better to put it at the university level,” he explained.
De Vera said that he supports the implementation of mandatory ROTC.
“I used to be an ROTC officer and so I know that ROTC has helped me and defined me as an individual,” he said. “I support it personally,” he added.