JULY 24, 2013

NR # 3174

Bill to teach students to be more proficient in English
A lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a bill teaching Filipino students to be more proficient in the English language allowing them more opportunities to get better jobs here and abroad. “Without English language proficiency, without the ability to communicate in the world of economic enterprise, it is difficult for a Filipino graduate to get jobs anywhere in the country and anywhere in the world,” said Rep. Raul Del Mar (1 st District, Cebu City), author of House Bill 366. Del Mar said the objective of the measure is to have graduates equipped with English proficiency and have the ability to communicate in a simple, clear and descriptive manner. “This simply means that the teaching of English, both in written and oral form, must focus on the language or terminology of business and industries on written and oral communications commonly used in the diverse areas of trade and business, having in mind the specialization of the students,” Del Mar said. The measure requires the use of English, Filipino or the native language as the medium of instruction (MOI) in all subjects from preschool until Grade III; and in English in all subjects from Grade IV to Grade VI and in all levels in the secondary. Under the bill, English and Filipino shall be taught as separate subjects in elementary and secondary levels. The measure shall also require all government examinations and entrance examinations to public schools, state colleges and universities at all levels to use English as the language of assessment. The Department of Education (DepEd) shall formulate, develop and provide all the requirements, devices and support facilities necessary to strengthen, enhance and promote English as the medium of instruction. The DepEd, CHED, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other concerned government agencies shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations. (30) jc

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