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Pupils learning in Cebuano show improvement


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Was it because of what came in or out of the tongue?

The Department of Education in Negros Oriental have noted an improvement in the performance of pupils from three elementary schools after going through the Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education program. {{more}}

The MTB-MLE is program that aims to improve reading, comprehension and learning skills of the pupils. It is implemented with the use of the first language of the child, or mother tongue.

But Dr. Catalina Credo, education supervisor of the DepEd Negros Oriental Division, said the improvement may have also been caused by other factors, like the Free Noon Meal feeding program.

In any case, inspired by the results, the DepEd is expanding the multilingual education program to 46 elementary schools in Negros Oriental.

The three pilot elementary schools in the province were the Lutuban Elementary School in Zamboanguita, Lomintok Elementary School in Ayungon and Sibulan Central Elementary School in Sibulan, Negros Oriental.

Negros Oriental Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Milagros Velez ordered the increase in the number of pilot schools from three to 46 selected schools to include at least two schools for every school district.

Negros Oriental Division has a total of 23 school districts, Velez said.

Credo said she is very optimistic that the program will succeed although it is still on the experimental stage. Its success will still depends on the creativity skills of the teacher to make the lesson more fun and interact with the pupils.

She said studies have shown that children learn best when instruction at the primary level is in their first language, or mother tongue. Research also reveals that a child is more comfortable learning in the primary language as this allows for better conceptualization and deeper thinking.

A group of MTB-MLE teachers have undergone extensive training related on the program in UP Manila.

The teachers of the 46 pilot elementary schools in Negros Oriental will also undergo training at the Dep Ed Division Office in Dumaguete.

Rep. Henry Pryde Teves (3rd District) had earlier introduced the program in the province and has sponsored a bill related to it in elementary education. (PNA)

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