DepEd Announces National Seminars on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education

The Department of Education (DepEd) issued DepEd Advisory No. 241 s. 2011 on May 25, 2011, scheduling a series of national seminars on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) that will be conducted by the Southeast Center for Training and Development (SECTD) on the following dates and venues:

  • July 29-31, 2011 at the Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City
  • August 26-28, 2011 at the Leyte National High School Auditorium, Tacloban City
  • October 28-30, 2011 at the CAP Auditorium, Iloilo City
  • December 16-18, 2011 at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention Center, Dipolog City

The seminars aim to:

  1. Identify social, cultural and legal issues of making the mother tongue as the medium of instruction in the early grades;
  2. Present experiences of other countries’ educational system where the mother tongue is used as the medium of instruction;
  3. Discuss theories supporting the use of mother tongue in teaching and learning;
  4. Prepare teachers in designing instructional materials using the mother tongue; and
  5. Equip them with skills in handling lessons using the mother tongue of learners.

The principals, district and education supervisors and elementary teachers from both public and private schools are invited to attend this activity.

A registration fee of Two Thousand Pesos (PhP2,000.00) will be charged each participant. The fee includes snacks (5), lunch (2), bags, materials and certificates.

For registration and further information, contact Mr. Edward M. Soliman, Managing Director, SECTD at mobile phone no.: 0917-5147-952; at telephone no. (045) 491-4117 or send a message through email address: southeastdlc@yahoo.com.

5 thoughts on “DepEd Announces National Seminars on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education

  1. DepEd Order No. 74 (promulgated on July 14, 2009) institutionalizes the “use of the learner’s First Language (L1) as the primary medium of instruction (MOI) from pre-school until, at least, grade three. During such period, L1 shall be the main vehicle to teach understanding and mastery of all subject areas like Math, Science, Makabayan, and language subjects like Filipino and English.” The above DepEd Advisory No. 241 was issued only yesterday, May 25, 2011. If more than 22 months is not so über delayed reaction by the Department of Education, I wouldn’t know what foot-dragging is…

    Considering that attendance to the MLE seminars is not even compulsary for the several thousand pre-school and elementary school teachers who will be affected, what level of implementation are we looking at here? And isn’t it a crime to charge the registration fee of PhP2,000.00 for each participant? Paragraph 5c of DepEd No 74 s. 2009 provides:

    “The utilization of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), school board funds, and other education improvement funds is hereby authorized for the planning and implementation of MLE programs in the following sequence of priority: (1) advocacy work and community mobilization; (2) development of a working orthography of the local language; (3) MLE orientation and teachers training; (4) developing, printing and distributing teachers’/facilitators’ guides; (5) reading materials and other instructional materials; (6) development of assessment tools; and (7) evaluation and monitoring of learning outcomes.”

    I suggest that those who pay the registration fee to attend the seminars better keep their receipts for necessary and reasonable expenses incidental to their attendance and request for a refund later based on the above provision of DepEd Order No. 74 s. 2009.

  2. The charging of P2000 is improper but this has been the practice at DepEd. Many organizations request DepEd to lend its authority for promoting their own programs. In cases like this, DepEd should not spend for the attendees. The prudent way is for the private organizations to take care of their own expenses while DepEd lend them its authority. In the case of the MTBMLE seminars, they are necessary activities pursuant to DepEd’s policy on language of instruction. They are to DepEd’s interest. DepEd should pay the expenses for them.

  3. Hi Joe, the advisory enables the field people to choose which among the non-DepEd seminars could address the training needs of their staff this year. For funding purposes, they could cite DepEd Order 74 when they prepare the local Memo for those staff who have identified MLE as the priority need. This is to complement the DepEd CO training on MTB MLE. The management will soon issue a DepEd Order that seminars, trainings, etc., offered should be accredited by HEIs in their masteral or doctoral courses as announced by the secretary when he met with associations, institutions that offer seminars, trainings, last year. God bless.

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