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Gullas wants English reinforced in schools

House Assistant Majority Leader and Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. has authored a measure to restore English as medium of instruction in all school levels. House Bill 1339 proposes the adoption of a new bilingual program in schools in which English, Filipino or the regional language may be used as the teaching language in all subjects from kindergarten to Grade 3. “We have high hopes that our bill, once enacted, will go a long way in boosting the English competency of our future labor force participants, and build up the capability of our high school as well as college graduates to gain and maintain employment,” Gullas said. “English is the world’s working language. It is also the language of technology. Young Filipinos with inadequate English skills may risk getting marginalized in the lucrative global labor markets of the future.” According to Gullas, also House higher and technical education committee vice chairman, his bill proposes English as teaching language from Grades 4 to 6 in elementary school, and from Grades 7 to 12 in junior and senior high school; English and Filipino shall be taught as separate subjects in all levels of elementary and high school. While the language policy prescribed by the Commission on Higher Education is maintained, Gullas said his bill shall have English “forcefully promoted as the language of interaction in schools” and requires its used “as the language of assessment in all government examinations, and in entrance tests in public schools as well as state universities and colleges.
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