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PIA Press Release
2007/04/28

DepEd statement on the use of English as a medium of instruction

Quezon City (28 April) -- In response to the need to develop the aptitude, competence and proficiency of our students in the English language, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued DepEd Order No. 36 series of 2006 on the Implementing Rules and Regulations on Executive Order No. 210 (Establishing the Policy to Strengthen the Use of the English Language as a Medium of Instruction in the Educational System).

As stated in the said Order, the Department emphasizes the following points:

  1. English shall be taught as a second language starting with Grade 1;
  2. As provided for in the 2002 Basic Education Curriculum, English shall be used as the medium of instruction of English, Mathematics, and Science and Health subjects starting Grade 3; and
  3. The English language shall be used as the primary medium of instruction in all public and private schools in the secondary level, including those established as laboratory and/or experimental schools, and vocational/technical institutions. As the primary medium of instruction, the percentage of time allotment for learning areas conducted in the English language should not be less than 70% of the total time allotment for all learning areas in all year levels.

    The Department continues to recognize the Filipino language as an official medium of instruction in the basic education level, specifically in the subjects of Filipino and Araling Panlipunan. (DepEd) [top]

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