UNESCO has proven that young children learn best in their mother tongue before moving on to English in higher grades. I fully support the UNESCO-tried and tested formula on mother tongue instruction. From pre-school to Grade 3, we will use the mother tongue as the medium of instruction while teaching English and Filipino as subjects.
From Grades 4-6 (7), we will increasingly use English as the medium of instruction for science & math and Filipino for Araling Panlipunan (social studies). For High School, English should be the medium of instruction for science, math & English; Filipino for AP, Filipino and tech-voc education.
My view: We should become tri-lingual as a country.
Learn English well and connect to the World.
Learn Filipino well and connect to our country.
Retain your dialect and connect to your heritage.
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Education
March 22, 2012: The St. Louis University-Baguio, SIL International and the 170+ Talaytayan MLE Incorporated held the 2012 Training-Workshop on Bridging Between Languages in Mother Language-Based Education (MLBE) Under the K-to-12 Curriculum. (Continue Reading)
May 10, 2012: The mother tongue or local language will be used to teach students in kindergarten to Grade 3, except during English and Filipino language classes. From Grade 4 to Grade 12, English will be used in most of the subjects. (Continue Reading)