House to investigate schools that fine students for speaking in Filipino
(SPOT.ph) Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino filed a resolution yesterday, August 9, to investigate schools that penalize students for speaking in Filipino and other local dialects, reports GMA News. In his statement, Palatino said this measure promotes a "colonial attitude." "I am afraid that with the current English teaching practices in our schools, we are unwittingly reinforcing the colonial setup that treats our local cultures as inferior to that of the West," he said.
One of the schools allegedly fining students for speaking in Filipino is the Ramon Magsaysay High School. "Neil," a junior in the high school, revealed to ABS-CBN News that they are required to play P1 when caught speaking in Filipino. However, Ramon Magsaysay High School principal, Dr. Josefina Perlado, denied this claim, saying that they are aware of the Department of Education's "No Collection" policy in public schools.
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