A PIDS study assessed the implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) program which requires the use of the mother tongue as the medium of instruction (MOI) during the first four years of primary education. It found that only 32 percent of the total schools in the country with enrollment up to Grade 3 in school year 2017-2018 were implementing the MTB-MLE program. Main reasons for the non-implementation were lack of resources (teaching materials, dictionaries, textbooks), lack of expertise of the teachers in the MOI of the school, students not speaking the chosen MOI of the school, and resistance of the parents to use the mother tongue for academic purposes. 

Know more about the publication titled 'Starting Where the Children Are': A Process Evaluation of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Implementation” here https://www.pids.gov.ph/publications/6865







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