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Use English, Filipino as kindergarten media of instruction – DepEd

Use English, Filipino as kindergarten media of instruction – DepEd

An official of the Department of Education said English and Filipino should be used as the media of instruction in schools as early as kindergarten.

But, for DepEd Undersecretary Epimaco Densing, the mother tongue should only be used as an exception.

“Being practical about it, if this [mother tongue for kindergarten to Grade 3] has been effective, then why have we failed in the PISA evaluation?” he said in an interview over ABS CBN News Channel.

“Most probably, we reverse, but this requires legislation, we reverse the general rule right now, [which] is we use the mother tongue for K to 3,” he added.

Densing was referring to the 2018 ranking of the Philippines in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), where Filipino students fared worst among 79 countries in reading comprehension and second-lowest in both mathematical and scientific literacy.

“In major areas in the country, especially in the highly urbanized cities, we can start already with Filipino and English as medium of instruction, and use the mother tongue only as the exception, in case the people in the area are really not introduced to English and Filipino,” the DepEd official said.