HOUSE PLENARY TO TACKLE BILL SUSPENDING USE OF MOTHER TONGUE
THE COMMITTEE on Basic Education and Culture of the House of Representatives endorsed for plenary deliberations a measure that seeks to stop the implementation of the use of mother tongue as the medium of instructions for Kindergarten to Grade 3.
The panel chaired by Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo has approved the unnumbered substitute bill to House Bills 2188 and 3925.
The measure aims to address the lack of learning materials on mother tongue language in schools and ensure the adherence to the constitutional mandate of providing quality education that is accessible to all learners in the basic education.
During the committee hearings, several resource persons attributed the failure to effectively use mother tongue in teaching to the lack of reading materials and training of teachers.
Under the measure, the suspension will last until such time that the Department of Education can certify to Congress that it has completed its books, teaching materials and supplies to effectively implement the use of mother tongue in teaching learners in Kindergarten to Grade 3.