Pacquiao supports English as medium of instruction in schoolsBy Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – January 20th, 2011By Alexander Villafania, loQal.phFor Yahoo! Southeast Asia
It has come to the attention of the mods that non-english posts outside of the general chit chat section have become rampant in the last few weeks. If you noticed that your thread or post were deleted, cry not. I'm not making any threats here, but if this continues, some members could be banned temporarily just to square them away.
Mr. Bisdak, I agree with your rules. We must impose English strictly. I'm for it. Lately, lower house and the Senate have unanimously approved English as the medium of instruction.
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – Boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao has a “quirky” way of speaking English and he’s not one to deny the need to learn the language. Unknown to most, the record-holding pugilist is supporting a bill for the development of the English language in schools.
A profile of Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (of the lone district of Sarangani) in Congress shows that he has “co-authored” several measures, including House Bill 93, which seeks to make English as the medium of instruction in schools.
Pacquiao has been known to use English in many of his interviews despite having been a high school dropout and having no formal training in public speaking.
His accent and, in many cases, his grammar has been the subject of jokes. One fan has even put up a Facebook fan page parody
highlighting his English-speaking skills or lack thereof.
The proposal was originally authored by Rep. Eduardo Gullas, who has been lobbying since 2009 to make English the primary method of teaching for all academic subjects.
Several members of the House of Congress and Senate have also supported such a measure, citing the need to improve the English-speaking capabilities of Filipino students.
But some sectors still argue that Filipino is still the most effective language for medium of instruction.
Former Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza pushed for the use of Filipino, citing that the Philippine Constitution sets Filipino as the national language.
The 2010 report by the National Statistics Office
(NSO), citing collated reports from several education agencies in the Philippines, showed that the 2007 English proficiency achievement rate of elementary students is 60.78 percent. High school students have achievement rate of 51.78 percent.
The business process outsourcing in the Philippines is also a growing industry and demands mostly English-speaking employees. Officials from the Contact Center Association of the Philippines
(CCAP) said that the hiring rate among contact centers is about two out of 100 interviewees.Photo by AP/Pat Roque
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