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DepEd sees noisier, rowdier Grade 1 classes

Last Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, Ms. Kyungah Kristy BangMultilingual Education Secretariat Coordinator, Asia and Pacific Programme of Education for All, UNESCO Bangkok, emailed out the draft of 4th International Language and Education Conference “Multilingual Education for ALL in Asia Pacific- Policies, practices and processes” -concept and the Asia–Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group – draft for comment and feedback. Tucked toward the end of her email was a link to a rather exuberant Philippine Daily Inquirer piece, “DepEd sees noisier, rowdier Grade 1 classes” by Tarra Quismundo published on January 21, 2012. The item is reprinted below:

Rosalina J. Villaneza

Coming soon in public schools: Noisier, rowdier and smarter Grade 1 pupils.

Incoming first-graders in June are expected to speak up more in class as the Department of Education (DepEd) switches to the mother tongue as medium of instruction in the early grades.

This means that first-graders in Manila and nearby provinces will be taught in Tagalog, those in Ilocos in Ilocano, those in Cebu Cebuano and those in parts of Leyte and Samar in Waray.

Thus, a “dog” to a Tagalog student will always be “aso,” it will be “ayam” to a Bicolano first-grader, and “iro” to a Cebuano pupil.

“The students will be very participative, the class will be very interactive, it will be a very noisy classroom,” said Rose Villaneza, a DepEd official at the lead of developing new first-grade learning materials in different Philippine languages.

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DepEd Excludes Region II in Initial MTB-MLE Implementation Funding

Alberto T. Muyot

On Nov. 22, 2011, Undersecretary Alberto T. Muyot, acting as DepEd Officer-in-Charge, issued DepEd Order No. 90 s. 2011, otherwise known as “GUIDELINES ON THE UTILIZATION OF DOWNLOADED FUNDS FOR MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF MOTHER TONGUE-BASED MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION (MTB-MLE) PROGRAM”.

DepEd Order No. 90 s. 2011 should be a welcome step in the implemention of DepEd Order No. 74 s. 2009 (Institutionalizing Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education), EXCEPT for the glaring, perhaps egregious exclusion of ALL OF REGION II (BATANES, CAGAYAN, ISABELA, QUIRINO, and NUEVA VIZCAYA)  from the initial List of Schools Implementing the MTB-MLE Program by Regions as per the first page of the DO #90 Enclosure:

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