DepEd admits students “struggle” with learning Filipino, Panitikan under K-12

MANILA, Philippines – With the Supreme Court's decision to remove Filipino and literature as core subjects in college, the K-12 program is now put on the spotlight to strengthen the teaching of the said subjects.

But teaching Filipino and “Panitikan” remains to be a struggle to most students in the elementary level. While some students could easily identify and comprehend English words, learning Filipino is becoming a cause of frustration and struggle for some.
DepEd admits students “struggle” with learning Filipino, Panitikan under K-12

Christine Galita, a parent of a student in elementary shared that her kids are having problems with learning the Filipino subject. The reason she shared is, “Mas malalim po kasi yung mga salitang gamit sa Pilipino, mas deeper. They have struggle understanding the words.”

Even for Anna Palomar, a grade-9 student also admitted that it's easier for them to learn English more because they can easily understand it.

Department of Education Undersecretary Lorna Dig-Dino of Curriculum and Instructions shared the possible reasons why most students under K-12 are having difficulty learning the Filipino language. She shared, “Baka nahihirapan sila dahil hindi pa ganun ka galing ang kanilang reading comprehension.”

“Kung mapapansin niyo po marami na pong mga batang mas nag-iingles,” Usec. Dig-Dino added.

Due to these struggles, DepEd stated that they are now looking at conducting a curriculum review not only for Filipino and Panitikan but with the rest of the subjects.

Education secretary Leonor Briones welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to lift the temporary restraining order on Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20 Series of 2013 excluding Filipino and Panikan as core college subjects. She said that these change should be embraced.

Briones said, “We have to teach our learners on accepting change.” She also urged the parents to work with DepEd in helping their school children increase their level of knowledge in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Dr. Prospero De Vera, chairman of Commission of Higher Education (CHED) clarified that colleges are not prohibited to continue teaching Filipino or Literature. “With or without CHED's decision, they can still teach Filipino and Panitikan. Nothing can stop them.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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