MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday said lack of teachers is hindering a proposal to introduce the Spanish language in the K+12 program.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that while the Department of Education has reintroduced the Spanish language as an elective in the public high school curriculum, the subject could only apply it in selected schools.
According to Lacierda, there are 64 public high schools that offer Spanish as an elective for third and fourth year students.
“The reason why we cannot apply in all the public high schools—we’ve got around 7,000 public high schools—is that we do not have adequate teachers who can teach Spanish. So kaya as of the moment, hindi natin kayang gawing mandatory ang [Spanish],” Lacierda said.
Spain’s Queen Sofia lauded the DepEd’s efforts to reintroduce the language in the public education system with the help of Spain.
“I wish to emphasize the support we gave to the educational sector and particularly the efforts of the Department of Education for successfully making into reality the reintroduction of Spanish language in the public educational system not only because it is the past cultural heritage of Philippines but also because it opens up opportunities to secure the well-being of future generations of Filipinos in a globalized world," she said during her speech in Malacañang Tuesday night.
"Since the time of the galleon of Manila, the Spanish language arrived in the Philippines as a promising tool for work and development for the Filipino people,” she added.