Comelec backs bill seeking inclusion of voters' education in High School curriculum

MANILA, August 27, 2016 (PNA) -- Citing the importance of educating the youth voters on electoral exercise, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) expressed support to a bill seeking to include voters' education in the High School curriculum.

With this, the poll body is ready to work with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to formulate the Voters' Education curriculum, based on a proposal in Congress.

"It is important that first-time voters are sufficiently knowledgeable about the electoral process,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

The proposed curriculum will include Values Formation, Importance of the Right to Suffrage and the Sanctity of the Ballot, and Factors in Evaluating and Choosing Candidates.

House Bill 184 seeks to teach mandatory Voters' Education in formal and non-formal educational system in Fourth Year High School.

The Voters' Education curriculum will be common to public and private schools, out of school youth, and enrollees in the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

“You will get the youth to vote if they fully understand the significance of elections and how crucial their participation will be, not only to the process as a whole, but also to their individual lives,” Jimenez added.

A total of 1, 614, 695 new voters aged 15-18 registered for the Sangguniang Kabataaan (SK) elections to be held simultaneous with the Barangay polls on Oct. 31.


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