Bisaya Agosto 12, 2009
The use of the mother tongue as primary medium of instruction from pre-school up to at least grade three is now a Department of Education policy, Secretary Jesli A. Lapus announced last July 14.
Under the new order, Filipino and English will be taught as separate subjects in the early grades and will be used as media of instruction when students are "ready". This means, when they have gained sufficient proficiency in the two L2s, as determined by DEP-ED. English and Filipino will remain the primary languages of teaching in high school, with the mother tongue as auxiliary and supplementary medium.