There is much debate once again about the desirability of English versus Filipino as a medium of instruction as a group of scholars questioned before the Supreme Court the implementation of Executive Order 210, which seeks to promote the use of the English language in Philippine schools. The Implementing Rules and Regulations of the said EO will promote the language by:
1. Teaching English as a second language starting with Grade 1;
2. Using English as the medium of instruction of English, Mathematics, and Science and Health subjects starting Grade 3; and
3. Using English as the primary medium of instruction in all public and private schools in the secondary level.
What is so objectionable about the above?
Ever since I can remember, English is being taught as a second language with Grade 1. English is also the medium of instruction for English, Science and Math. We all learned multiplication and not multipilikasyon.
In this respect, President Arroyo's EO is simply codifying what is actually happening in our schools for quite some time now. The EO would therefore be ineffective in promoting the English language for the simple reason that it effectuates no new radical policy change at all in the primary school level. English is also the de facto primary medium of instruction for secondary schools now. The EO would just be validating and giving a more official imprimatur the reality tha has been well established by past practice.
The EO may have made the call center lobby happy, but I honestly don't see how it will improve the English language in this country.