Essay About Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education

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Chapter 1
THE PROBLEM—ITS BACKGROUND

Background of the Study Mathematics has been proven to improve the quality of life through its many applications in many aspects of the human life. Mathematics serves a vital role in everyday life. It is an area of knowledge which can never be easily acquired and quickly learned; instead it requires full attention, hard work and proper attitude. In order to procure the vital skills in mathematics, one needs to focus his/her attention and involve oneself in the learning process. Learning is doing. It is an active process in which you must be involved. You do not learn effectively by sitting on the sidelines; you just be involved and participating in what you are trying to learn (Smith, 2001). Similarly, if you do not work harder enough to pass a math class than you do with your other classes, if all that you are willing to do is spend a couple of hours
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Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) refers to first-language first education that is, schooling begins in the mother tongue transitions to additional languages particularly Filipino and English. It is meant to address the high functional illiteracy of Filipinos where language plays a significant factor. But, MTB-MLE is only for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. According to House Bill No. 1339 by Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas, if we want to have greater competence in English, and be in a position to take advantage, or compete in a globalized world, English must be used as the medium of instruction from Grade 3 onwards. House Bill No. 1339 provides English, Filipino or the regional or native language as teaching language in all subjects from Kindergarten to Grade 3 while in Grades 4 tom 10 and in Senior High School, English language will be used except for the Filipino
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