Chinese to be taught in public high schools starting this year

Inquirer.net reports that the Chinese language will be taught in public high schools ר particularly in third and fourth years - starting this school year. Department of Education public information officer Kenneth Tirado, however, said this is not in any way connected with the ongoing territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. He said this is, in fact, part of DepEd's Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL), which started in 2009 in selected public elementary schools where students learned Spanish, French, Japanese, and German.

Inquirer.net reports that the Chinese language will be taught among third and fourth year students in public high schools starting this year. Department of Education public information officer Kenneth Tirado, however, said this is not in any way connected with the ongoing territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. He said this is, in fact, part of DepEd's Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL), which started in 2009 in selected public  schools where students learned Spanish, French, Japanese and German.


According to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, the program is expected to further improve the capability of public school teachers to learn and teach a second or a foreign language "This is also in line with the thrust of K to 12 which is to prepare our future workforce for the global arena," he said.


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