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Smooth school opening resulted from pilot testing: Gatchalian

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian credited the pilot testing conducted in November of last year, wherein school principals, instructors, and superintendents were previously provided rules and exercises, with the orderly start of face-to-face lessons on Monday.

The Senate Committee on Basic Education’s chair, Gatchalian, said in an interview with ANC on Wednesday that “a lot of credit goes to our teachers, principals, and superintendents because they follow the protocols, they learn from their mistakes, especially during the height of the pandemic, and they managed to adjust this.”

Gatchalian claimed he spent time touring many schools in Valenzuela City, his hometown, and kept track of the start of in-person instruction across the rest of the nation. He said that the first day of the return to in-person classes went “90% smoothly,” adding that it was usually calm, well-planned, and orderly.

However, he saw that classrooms were overcrowded, particularly in metropolitan regions, and attributed this to the approximately 1.5 million senior high school students who transferred from private to public institutions.

“Due to the difficulty of pupils climbing higher than four stories, classrooms are only permitted to be built up to four stories.” We are currently examining whether to propose a bill to change this restriction. However, if we can install elevators and other tools that make it simple for students to travel to the fifth and sixth floors, we can conserve land and develop additional structures that should be considered in urban areas, “added Gatchalian.

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Gatchalian concurred with Roman Romulo, a representative representing Pasig City, on the reduction of topics in Grades 1 through 3, but advocated for more time to be spent on English and the use of mother tongue as the medium of instruction.

I think the Filipino can be bilingual, so from 50 minutes, expand it to two hours, and then use the mother tongue for grades one through three, the man added.

According to Gatchalian, academicians are advocating for the usage of the mother tongue because it is easier for students to understand.

“Yes, it comes about naturally. However, comprehension increases if the child or learner is taught in their mother tongue. Additionally, you grow your self-assurance and level of engagement “added the congressman.

Gatchalian said that this concept needs to be researched because the Philippine languages are so diverse, with some regions having as many as three or four distinct dialects.

“Because of the difficulties caused by our geographic location, speaking one’s mother tongue or implementing one’s mother tongue is not as easy. Thus, my main argument is that [a science-based] approach is the mother tongue. But because of our location, we also need to research whether this strategy works in the Philippines “Added he.

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte are considering using the mother tongue as the medium of instruction for Filipino and English-language topics, according to Department of Education official Michael Poa.

He did add that further discussions with specialists are still being held on the subject.

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