DepEd: Korean is an elec­tive, Filipino classes stay


The is­sue was raised af­ter word spread that Korean learn­ing classes were be­ing of­fered in some pub­lic schools.

“Aside from of­fer­ing Korean lan­guage class, DepEd cur­rently im­ple­ments five Spe­cial Pro­gram in For­eign Lan­guage (SPFL) classes in Span­ish, French, Ger­man, Chi­nese, and Ja­panese in all pub­lic schools,” it noted.

The depart­ment also re­it­er­ated DepEd Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones’s stand on the mat­ter, stat­ing that the sub­ject of Filipino re­mains to be among the core sub­jects in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, while the teach­ing of Pan­i­tikan in Filipino sub­ject serves as a “spring­board for dis­cus­sion of gram­mar lessons and a way of strength­en­ing the Filipino iden­tity and cul­ture.”

Filipino con­tin­ues to be used as a medium of in­struc­tion for sub­jects such as Aral­ing Pan­lipunan (or so­cial sciences) and Edukasyon sa Pag­pa­pakatao.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Filipino is also part of the Mother Tongue-Based Mul­ti­lin­gual Ed­u­ca­tion (MTB-MLE), which is one of the changes DepEd in­tro­duced to the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Cur­ricu­lum dur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the K-12 pro­gram in 2013.

In­clud­ing the Korean lan­guage in DepEd’s SPFL classes was al­ready for­mal­ized in June 2017 un­der a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) be­tween the Philip­pines and South Korea.

SPFL, which is also one of six spe­cial pro­grams that DepEd of­fers, is open to Grade 7 to 10 learn­ers who have not only demon­strated com­pe­tence in Filipino and English, but are also in­ter­ested and ca­pa­ble of learn­ing another for­eign lan­guage.

The Depart­ment en­cour­ages the pub­lic to share in­formed and fact-based opin­ions dur­ing dis­cus­sions in­stead of spread­ing con­clu­sions that are meant to con­fuse and mis­in­form oth­ers.

DepEd’s state­ment also came into the lime­light fol­low­ing the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion to lift a 2015 tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der that ex­cludes Filipino and Pan­i­tikan from the list of re­quired col­lege sub­jects.

Tcleared he Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) up the con­fu­sion re­gard­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of Korean classes as an elec­tive in a state­ment on Sun­day, adding that the pro­gram is not meant to re­place the Filipino sub­ject and has no in­ten­tion of do­ing so in the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

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