Schools using Tagalog given perks


THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said it will give incentives to institutions that constantly use Filipino or Tagalog as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction.

In a statement, CHEd said schools that opt to use Filipino in the general education (GE) courses or offer several sections of a given course in Filipino and other Philippine languages will be given financial incentives for the development of instructional materials in Filipino.

The commission has been urging faculty members who teach general education curriculum (GEC) as well as those teaching major courses to contribute to the intellectualization of Filipino by using it.

“Filipino cannot merely be taught as a subject, but must be used in oral and written forms, across academic domains,” it said.

According to the commission, only 15 percent of the general education curriculum subject will be offered to all college students in time of the nationwide implementation of Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program by 2016. Under the K-to-12 scheme, the general education subjects were trimmed down to 36 units from 63 units.

The commission however clarified that only Filipino subjects have been removed from the original college curriculum because these will be offered to senior high school (Grades 11 and 12) students.

Apart from the support and incentives, the CHED also assured the public that the agencies concerned on the K-to-12 transition are currently discussing how to mitigate its possible negative impacts, particularly the displacement of faculty, while also leveraging this period of transition to upgrade the quality of higher education.

The militant youth group League of Filipino Students (LFS) earlier denounced the commission’s decision to remove the instruction of Filipino courses in tertiary education.

“CHED and the Aquino regime have deliberately insulted the Filipino youth and people who clamor for the retention of Filipino courses by refusing to change the provisions of CMO 20 and paying lip-service to optional use of Filipino as medium of instruction in selected GE courses,” Charlotte Velasco, the group’s national president, said.

The LFS said the policy will lead to the closure of Filipino departments in different colleges and universities and will leave 10,000 Filipino teachers jobless.

“The imminent threat of massive retrenchment and unemployment among Filipino teachers and shutdown of Filipino departments under CMO 20 and K to 12 will only be worsened by CHED sham reforms. By feigning support to the intellectualization of the national language while removing Filipino subjects in college, CHED treads into another course of hypocrisy,” Velasco said.


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  1. Tagalog should be the official language of the country and English only secondary. How did Japan became an economic power without using English? and now China? using our own native tongue will be easily understood than using a foreign language.

  2. When the the filipino makes big decisions they always seem to get it wrong. Its just like by not making decisions they get it wrong. A simple example when there is a road accident & lives are lost look at what is said, if its a truck, my brakes failed, the government also put it down to bad road repair. But ill tell you what is the cause of 99.999% recurring of all accidents its bad driving. Now why is driving so bad in the philippines. Thats the easiest question in the world to answer but not for filipino politicians. Bring in a proper difficult driving test, & bring in proper enforcement all over the country. From doing that a few things will happen, accidents will go down dramatically. Traffic will move more freely & the government will get more money with all the fines handed out for bad driving & rule bending or rule breaking.
    Now using englist is just the same. Others see it but when others see how to do something that works the filipino looks to improve on it.

  3. The tagalog language policy started in the late 70’s was and has been self destructive,
    the world communicates in English,French,Spanish and German.
    A Filipino genius who is highly educated, but is unable to communicate in the world major languages but is extremely well versed in tagalog is as useless as a worn out mop in his or her ability to earn a living. But churning out unemployable Filipinos has always been a specialty of the department of education.

  4. Singapore and India have two remarkable things in common. They, both, have ‘tiger economies’ and have ‘English’ as their official language. Japan, China and South Korea have a similar kinship themselves. They are industrialized and aggressive economies, and all three are pursuing programs to install English as their second language. All of them accept the fact that English is the ‘lingua franca’ of today’s world. The Philippines, for her part, seems to be going the other way. Where we had an educational system with English as its staple, up until the 1960s, we have, since, pushed it to the back burner, if not totally eradicating it from our primary and secondary school curriculum. We did have, up until the early 1980s, a strong toe-hold on overseas employment..a toe-hold that has been slipping incrementally since then. In pursuing blind ‘nationalism’, we have probably thrown the baby with the bath water.