‘MOTHER TONGUE’ TO ADD COLOR IN ED­U­CA­TION

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FELICISIMA M. SAN­TOS

Hav­ing 7,107 is­lands mainly Lu­zon, Visayas, and Min­danao, Philip­pines, known as pearl of the ori­ent pro­duces its gen­er­a­tion from time to time. The pop­u­la­tion of our coun­try is a vast even if the Philip­pines is just a dot in the whole wide world. Like English, Ta­ga­log is use by ev­ery Filipinos in or­der to com­mu­ni­cate to other Filipinos since we all have what we called “na­tive Lan­guage” or “na­tive tongue”.

From the north­ern part of the coun­try up to the south­ern part, Ta­ga­log is very use­ful. In schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, English and Ta­ga­log are the main tools use by the teacher in teach­ing. But is it re­ally ef­fec­tive if ev­ery school will use its na­tive lan­guage in com­mu­ni­cat­ing with stu­dents.

Pam­pango, our na­tive lan­guage in Pam­panga is widely spo­ken not just in our prov­ince but also in other parts of Cen­tral Lu­zon. The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion or­der schools, es­pe­cially those who are in ele­men­tary to use Pam­pango in teach­ing. It was ma­jor­ity be­lieve that if they use our na­tive tongue, stu­dents can learn more and have this in­ter­est in learning. We have now in our coun­try the

Repub­lic Act 10533, or the en­hanced Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Act of 2013. Also known as K to 12, this pro­gram adds an­other 2 years in four- year high school cur­ricu­lum. The added year will serve as a spe­cial­ize pe­riod for se­nior high school stu­dents, whether in vo­ca­tional skill, mu­sic, arts, or sports. They will have pre­pared­ness in mid­dle- level skills devel­op­ment, en­trepreneur­ship, em­ploy­ment and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. Also, this law ad­vances added to its na­ture adding “Mother Tongue” to be use as a medium of in­struc­tion from kinder­garten un­til the third year of pri­mary school.

It will be eas­ier in the part of the stu­dent to un­der­stand ev­ery con­cept of learning if their na­tive lan­guage will use for giv­ing in­struc­tions and teach­ing. The teach­ers also need to amend to the stu­dents’needs and make use the lan­guage they are fa­mil­iar with to teach the nec­es­sary ideas. The learning will be much lighter and knowl­edge will be dis­sem­i­nated in a very sim­ple man­ner.

Ed­u­ca­tion marks a great im­pact to ev­ery one’s lives. It is very im­por­tant since we use it un­til we get old. Be­ing lit­er­ate is an ad­van­tage in gain­ing a pro­duc­tive fu­ture. We should al­ways find ways and ex­plore things when it comes to learning. — oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at San Juan Ele­men­tary School, Guagua West District

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