In yet another questionable module by the Department of Education, eighth-grade pupils were asked to pen marriage vows.
A section in the Health Learning Module for Grade 8 students of Negros Oriental discussing the topic of love and infatuation read: “Marriage is the most enjoyable human relationship. It is the most significant event that may happen in your life.” They are then given examples of wedding vows and instructed to write their own.
The module, which was circulated on Facebook, drew raised eyebrows from netizens, given that eighth grade students are only 13 or 14 years old.
To preface this module exercise, an activity in the same subsection also asked students to share personal experiences regarding courtship by asking them to take a minute to close their eyes and “reminisce the past.”
Another related activity read: “If you are engaged, which do you prefer, long engagement or short engagement period? Explain in front of the class.” A note following the activity instructions says: “Wow! That is very nice. You have high standard expectations.”
The module also devoted a whole section to pregnancy which bore many warnings against teenage pregnancy. The module compared and contrasted smaller and bigger families, generally presenting smaller families as more financially stable and emotionally healthier than larger families.