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In photo: Crizel Sicat-De Laza, senior high school teacher of UST, speaks in front of the attendees of the Sanggunian sa Filipino conference at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

By Jolau Ocampo

A PROFESSOR at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) stressed in a conference led by Sanggunian sa Filipino yesterday that two years in senior high school are not enough to improve the Filipino language proficiency of students.

Maraming kasanayan, kaalaman at babasahin ang hindi natatalakay sa mga baitang na ito,” said Crizel Sicat-De Laza, senior high teacher of UST, in front the attendees at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Despite Commission on Higher Education’s (ChEd) decision to retain the Filipino subject in the tertiary level, she emphasized that teaching the subject should be extended to the graduate studies.

She said that moving the Filipino subject to the 11th and 12th grades resulted to the track- based and skill-based forms of reading and writing.

Saying that the intellectualization of the national language can only emerge if it is lifted to a higher scholastic level, De Laza said, “bata pa ang wikang pambansa. Hindi pa ito ginagamit sa araw-araw na diskurso.

She urged scholars to continue conducting researches using the Filipino medium in different disciplines including science and technology, business, economics and medicine.

Kailangang patuloy na magkaisa at mag-organisa ang mga guro at mag-aaral upang maisulong ang mga makabuluhang reporma sa edukasiyon,” she added..

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