For now, it is still in their development stage but in the long run, if the program will be effective in the following pilot schools listed above, for sure it will be implemented as an elective across all regions in the Philippines.
During previous interview granted by DepEd 7 Director Recaredo Borgonia, he said only students who excelled in English and Filipino are expected to also perform well in Spanish.
“We cannot make it a requirement for all the students to take up Spanish. If the student doesn’t perform well in English or Filipino, you can’t expect them to do well in Spanish. So it is better that it is just an elective, for the students to decide,” said Borgonia.
Now I would like to share Brown Pinay’s thoughts and opinions regarding this endeavor. True indeed that the Filipinos should adjust with the current trend of globalization since Spanish is the fourth language being spoken worldwide. But whilst it is true that knowledge is power and of course we should not close our doors for learning, I think that we should never forget to focus on the current needs of the students – like better facilities, books (1:1 ratio per student), more qualified teachers and more funds to cater to these needs. Learning another language is totally a good idea since this is an additional feather to our cap and good preparation for the global market. But I just hope that the government will not fail to address the most basic needs of the students which we are really lacking, this way it is a win-win situation for everyone.
I remember my older sisters taking up Spanish in their college days and was abolished before I assume college. I also learned that it was also previously taught in High school before but was also scratched out of the curriculum. I just hope the incumbent in DEP Ed has also studied what has happened in the past and make it a lesson of today.
To know more about this Dep Ed endeavor you may read their Press Release about this subject in their website
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