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The Department of Education (DepEd) will offer an elective Korean language subject to selected public high schools in the Philippines.

According to the department, the Korean language lesson is the recent addition under its Special Program in Foreign Languages (SPFL).

Though some are excited with this, the Alyansa ng mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino (TANGGOL WIKA) or Alliance of Defenders of Filipino criticized DepEd for the said elective offering.

TANGGOL WIKA said that they should focus on bringing back the Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas (Philippine History) class in high school which was replaced by Asian Studies (Araling Asyano) in both Grades 7 and 8 to be in line with new K to 12 curriculum.

The department said that it is mandated to “offer a responsive and relevant foreign language program to make junior high school students more globally competitive in the perspective of linguistic diversity.”

“This is a continuation of very long years of fruitful relationship, including in the field of education, between Korea and the Republic of the Philippines,” Sec. Briones said.

“We are very happy that finally we are having this signing of the MOA. This is not a beginning [but] a continuation of very long years of fruitful relationship, including the field of education, between the two countries,” she said.

[Manila Bulletin]

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