DepEd to evaluate mother tongue teaching method

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) officials will evaluate the implementation of mother tongue-based education that was recently met with opposition by several parents.

Lawyer Agustin Laban of the DepEd-Baguio division office said they will evaluate the mother tongue-based multilingual education, which uses the top 8 local languages in the country for its effectiveness in teaching and learning of various subjects.

In Baguio City, he said they have been using Iloko as the mother tongue language, which has resulted in difficulty of understanding by many students who are not versed with versions of the language from the Ilocos provinces used in educational materials.

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Most parents have been complaining of the mother tongue education considering not all students are speaking Iloko or are from the Ilocos provinces.

He said that in a city where students from various cultures and origins like Baguio, they might have to look for other approaches to effectively teach the students.

He said they are expecting adjustments in the future as this is only the first year of implementation of the mother tongue education.

Other materials that may be included in the future are languages from the Cordillera region but were excluded in the first year of implementation.

“It’s not that we are to exempt Baguio from the implementation of this policy but we have to be flexible as the utmost goal of the mother tongue education is the improvement of the learning process of students,” he added. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 18, 2013.

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