Education office continues use of mother tongue-A A +A
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
THE Department of Education–Cordillera will continue using the mother tongue as a medium of instruction despite several complaints from students and parents.
DepEd Elementary Division Regional Director Elen Donato said the local dialect of a certain place will still be used while parents and pupils continue to adjust to the new scheme, the K+12 educational system.
Donato added the Iloco mother tongue is being used in urban areas but not in some places like in Baguio City. The “Ilokano” dialect of the city differs from that of the Iloco being used as a medium.
She said some schools in Baguio City use Filipino as their general medium of instruction, adding that teachers in the provinces of the region are mandated to use the place’s local language like Tuwali in Ifugao.
The use of mother tongue is included in the guidelines of the K+12, which was implemented in 2012.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 21, 2013.