Promise 28: Use of mother-language instruction


Posted at Jul 25 2010 12:28 AM | Updated as of Dec 05 2018 03:50 PM

The Promise

''UNESCO has proven that young children learn best in their mother tongue before moving on to English in higher grades. I fully support the UNESCO-tried and tested formula on mother tongue instruction. From pre-school to Grade 3, we will use the mother tongue as the medium of instruction while teaching English and Filipino as subjects.
''From Grades 4-6 (7), we will increasingly use English as the medium of instruction for science & math and Filipino for Araling Panlipunan (social studies). For High School, English should be the medium of instruction for science, math & English; Filipino for AP, Filipino and tech-voc education.
''My view: We should become tri-lingual as a country. Learn English well and connect to the World. Learn Filipino well and connect to our country. Retain your dialect and connect to your heritage.''



April 23, 2015 - Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said the halt order issued by the Supreme Court on the removal of mandatory Filipino subjects from the college curriculum is just a minor setback. (Continue reading)

April 22, 2015 - Filipino, as a subject, will remain in the college curriculum. This, as the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday issued a stay order to indefinitely suspend the implementation of a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum that orders the removal of the subject and Panitikan (Literature) from the General Education Curriculum (GEC) as core courses. (Continue reading)

June 17, 2014 - Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said that according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the decision to remove the Filipino subject came about because of a need to rationalize the curriculum following the adoption of the K+12 program. (Continue reading)

June 15, 2014 - The fight to retain Filipino in classes in college and universities may reach the Supreme Court, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) chairman and National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario said on Sunday. (Continue reading)

June 24, 2014 - The House of Representatives is set to probe the removal of mandatory Filipino subjects in the General Education Curriculum (GEC) of tertiary schools, once the regular session of the 16th Congress begins after the State of the Nation Address (SONA). (Continue reading)

July 12, 2013 - The Department of Education (DepEd) has added seven more languages from the current 12 major local languages as medium of instruction from Kinder up to Grade 3 under the Mother-Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE). (Continue reading)

March 22, 2012 - The St. Louis University-Baguio, SIL International and the 170+ Talaytayan MLE Incorporated held the 2012 Training-Workshop on Bridging Between Languages in Mother Language-Based Education (MLBE) Under the K-to-12 Curriculum. (Continue reading)

May 10, 2012 - The mother tongue or local language will be used to teach students in kindergarten to Grade 3, except during English and Filipino language classes. From Grade 4 to Grade 12, English will be used in most of the subjects. (Continue reading)