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Arroyo bats for English language for teaching


By Charissa M. Luci

Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wants to strengthen and enhance the use of the English language as the medium of instruction (MOI) in the educational system, from the preschool to the tertiary level.

She laments that the learning of the English language suffered a setback as a result of the bilingual policy of the Department of Education (DepEd), which was introduced in 1974.

“Targeting the learning of two languages (English and Pilipino) is too much for the Filipino learners, especially in the lower grades. And if the child happens to be a non-Tagalog speaker, this task actually means learning two foreign languages at the same time, an almost impossible task,” she said.

Under House Bill 5091, English shall be taught as second language, starting with the First Grade and shall be used as the MOI for English, Mathematics, and Science from at least the Third Grade level.

The bill also provides that the English language shall be used as the primary MOI in all public and private institutions of learning in the secondary level, including those established as laboratory and/or experimental schools, and non-formal and vocational or technical educational institutions.

But, the Filipino language shall continue to be the medium of instruction in the learning areas of Filipino and Araling Panlipunan, according to the bill.

 “This bill aims to develop the aptitude, competence and proficiency of our students in the English language to maintain and improve their competitive edge in emerging and fast-growing local and international industries, particularly in the area of information and communications technology (ICT),” Mrs. Arroyo said.

HB 5091 mandates the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to adopt measures to promote and encourage the use of the English language as the primary medium of instruction in the tertiary or higher education level.

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  • Dante

    its easier to say money than pira…

  • Wakay

    I can see the “nationalists” ganging up on PGMA as unpatriotic. Actually I attended school when MOI was English which I believe helped me in the corporate world.

    • Tonyang

      Indeed. We have deteriorated in the quality of spoken and written English. Dati, kahit Elementary graduate lang, mahusay mag English. Ngayon, kahit University graduate pa, baluktot magsalita. We need to enhance our English communication if we want to stay globally competitive.

  • underthePhilippineSun

    i think it is a GOOD MOVE by the former president…. But, i bet LOW-MINDED DETRACTORS will call its move as “not nationalistic”….

    Filipino people should learn how to COPE in an ever-changing world…

  • Áron

    As NON-Tagalog but a ZAMBOANGUEÑO ETHNIC, the hegemonic imposition of the teaching of the language of the Tagalog people which disguised as filipino should stop.

    This biased and unfair.

    Tagalog People only learn Tagalog and English.

    Us Zamboangueño People still need to learn the mother tongue/language of the Tagalog’s along with English.

    No need!
    Each Ethnic should learn their own ethnic’s mother tongue or own language with English.

    Enough with Ethnic Fascism being imposed the Imperialist-Tagalogists.

  • moneydown

    That was the language used when I was in grade one (prep school was not yet in vogue, then) until I got my BS degree. Tagalog should also be banned from schools. We’ll eventually learn that by watching tagalog news and other broadcasts. Taglish or other similar English-local dialect combination was taboo in the classroom and in the corporate settings.