Mother tongue languages highlighted in K plus 12

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


TWELVE mother tongue languages highlight the K plus 12 education program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Baguio City schools administrative officer lawyer Augustino Laban said Monday the 12 primary languages in the country will be used in facilitating classes.

Iluko, the language used in most parts of the Ilocos and Cordillera provinces, will be used as medium of instruction together with Tagalog, Kapampangan, Cebano, Hiligaynon, Pangisinense, Bikol, Waray, Maranao, Maguinadanaoan, Chavacano and Tausug.

In an interview, Laban said they are also not discounting the use of other Cordillera languages like Kankanaey and Ibaloi since these are also mediums that improve the learning of children much more the preservation of culture of the indigenous peoples.

Through the new program, he said children are exposed to master lifelong skills that may be used in acquiring jobs after finishing high school compared to the previous ten-year curriculum, which fills all subjects in just a few years.

When public school classes open by June 4, students entering Grade 1 should have finished kindergarten as a compulsory requirement.

This makes Grade 1 students more equipped to hurdle lessons compared to previous years where children without going through kindergarten are allowed to enter the first grade.

In the K plus 12 program, he said students are required six years in elementary four years in junior high school and two years in senior high.

With this program, enough time is given for learning while additional years would prepare students with enough skills that will recognize them as professionals abroad with the integration of technical-vocational skills.

However, he stressed the additional years in high school will be implemented in succeeding years when the first products of the program reach senior high.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 15, 2012.

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