By Alexander Villafania
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) is introducing consumer education for high school students to make them aware of their basic rights as consumers.
DepEd announced that it will be including consumer education as part of high school and alternative learning curriculums this year. The DepEd partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop the curriculum, which consists of 98 lesson exemplars and 10 modules on consumer education.
The lesson exemplars cover fair trade laws, the Consumer Act of the Philippines, the Price Act and other relevant laws on consumer rights.
The development of the curriculum is actually mandated by Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
DepEd Secretary Mona Valisno said the lesson exemplars will be implemented initially in 115 schools. The DepEd’s Bureau of Secondary Education will then take over the program after a year.
The Consumer Education exemplars will be tested in Balingasa High School, Mataas na Paaralang Neptali Gonzales, Sta. Lucia High School in Pasig, and Rizal High School.
Meanwhile, the lessons on consumerism will be integrated in several subjects, including English Filipino, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Values Education, Music Arts, Physical Education and Health, Technology and Livelihood Education.
Valisno explained that the introduction of consumer education to students would provide young people with the foreknowledge of their rights as consumers and to take appropriate actions when their rights are violated.
This is not the first time DepEd integrated lessons on consumer markets to high school students.
In 2009, DepEd partnered with the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to develop a module on saving and investing in the stock market. The stock market lessons were integrated in the Economics subject of fourth year students.
Another similar project undertaken by the DepEd was the Youth Entrepreneurship and Coopertivism in Schools (YECS) program, which was aimed at encouraging students to become entrepreneurs rather than focusing on becoming employees.
Many of the DepEd’s activities on student entrepreneurship are actually under its Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs.
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