October 17, 2022 | 5:22pm
Students in face masks are seen being taken their temperature in this undated file photo before the COVID-19 outbreak in the country
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MANILA, Philippines — Public schools may soon do away with the 50 minutes of students’ native language as a subject in classes subject to finalization of the plans, the Department of Education told senators Monday.
Education Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III bared this plan before the Senate Committee on Basic Education’s hearing on Monday morning, saying the plans came after the department’s review of the K to 10 program in the country’s schools.
“We intend to abandon the mother tongue as a subject, which is a separate learning area in the curriculum. And we will simply use the mother tongue, which is already the vernacular of the community, neighbors, and family, as part of the medium of instruction. No longer as a subject to be offered from Grade 1 to Grade 3,” he said.