Oliver Bugarin 9 0 0 4 min to read

Congress has requested a reassessment of the educational media.

The second Congressional Commission on Education (Edcom II), according to a lawmaker, should reconsider the medium of teaching utilized in Philippine schools in light of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s suggestion to teach children in English.

Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte of Camarines Sur said in a statement that English should once again be the predominant language of instruction in basic education, citing the President’s justification for keeping the Filipinos’ advantage in the global marketplace as an “English-speaking nation.”

By reviewing the responsibilities of the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Edcom II, which will be made up of five senators and five members of the House of Representatives, has been given the responsibility under Republic Act No. 11899 to conduct another thorough national assessment and evaluation of the performance of the education sector.

As part of the adjustments and responses to the global pandemic, the recently expired Edcom II Act requires the 10-person commission to develop educational reforms to address the new challenges to education, such as alternative learning and delivery modes for basic education, higher education, and post-secondary technical-vocational education and training.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by the rapid development of information technology, including artificial intelligence, automation, data analytics, blockchain data sharing, quantum computing, and internet of things analytics. The commission would also attempt to address the challenges brought about by this development.

Villafuerte stated that one of the main issues of the proposed second Congressional Commission on Education should be an “examination” of the appropriate medium of instruction to be employed in our institutions, as the President mentioned in his SONA on July 25.

In his first State of the Nation Address, President Marcos emphasized the need to provide the students with the resources needed for efficient instruction. He said: “Foreign employers have always preferred Filipino employees because of our command of the English language. We must keep making use of this advantage.

English is the language of the internet, for better or worse, according to Marcos. “Therefore, to sustain that advantage that we have established as an English-speaking nation, the question of our medium of teaching must be regularly reexamined.”

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