High school students enrolled in public schools will soon be taught how to speak Korean, the Department of Education said Friday after it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean embassy in Manila.
"The DepEd will introduce Korean language as a second foreign language and elective through a pilot program which will be conducted starting this year in select 10 high schools in Metro Manila," the education department said in a statement.
Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin said learning the Korean language will provide better "opportunities for local and international employment" and education grants in Korea for select Filipino students.
"Language is very important so teaching and studying [foreign languages] in schools is very helpful to deepen the bilateral understanding between two nations," Kim added.
Aside from Korean, other languages offered under DepEd's Special Program in Foreign Language include Spanish, Nihongo, French, German and Mandarin.