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Korean will not replace Filipino in HS classes – DepEd

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The Department of Education (DepEd) is adamant that it is not planing to replace the Filipino subject in the basic education curriculum with Korean and other foreign languages.

Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said Filipino would remain as a core subjects in basic education, while the teaching of Panitikan in the Filipino subject would serve as a springboard for discussion on grammar lessons and a way of strengthening the Filipino identity and culture.

She said Filipino would continue to be the medium of instruction for Araling Panlipunan and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao. Aside from Filipino, the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) is also being implemented in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3 in all public schools.

She said the study of the Korean language was elective and would not be part of the core subjects of around 700 learners in 10 selected junior high schools (JHS) in the National Capital Region.

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.

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

As early as school year 2009-2010, the Department has already recognized the need to develop the foreign language skills of learners amid the increasing impact of globalization. SPFL is one of the six special programs being offered by the Department to cater to multiple intelligences of the learners and to help equip them with the necessary skills to meaningfully engage in a linguistically and culturally diverse world.

SPFL is open to Grades 7 to 10 learners who have demonstrated competence in Filipino and English, and are interested in and capable of learning another foreign language.

DepEd has partnered with the Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of Spain, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation Filipinas, Instituto Cervantes, Japan Foundation, the Embassy of France, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, and Confucius Institute-Angeles University Foundation in the conduct of capacity building activities for SPFL teachers.

The Department encourages the contribution of informed and fact-based opinions to the discussion instead of the proliferation of conclusions that sow seeds of confusion and disinformation.