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This test paper completed in ‘Baybayin’ shows the importance of the Filipino language today

Eradicating the Filipino subject in college has been an issue these days in our country. With the ruling of the Supreme Court and Commission on Higher Education memorandum on the removal of Filipino, Panitikan, and the Constitution as core subjects in the college curriculum, many Filipinos were outraged with this decision. And they made their sentiments about it known to the public.

The reason behind this issue was to guarantee that there would be no duplication of subjects taught in elementary and high school.  However, there’s no repetition of subjects in college, as it allows students to learn and explore topics that were not discussed during their preparatory education.

In view of today’s issue in the country, some schools still practice an innovative way to advocate the necessity of Baybayin in every Filipino classroom. 

A student from Mindanao State University – General Santos, Brelyn Mae Belmores posted on her Facebook account her test paper, which was written in Baybayin script.

When all those Highschool students post shit like they can't get through with their hard lessons and can't understand…

Posted by Brelyn Mae Belmores on Monday, November 12, 2018

Brelyn states that “The point is, we don’t intend to promote the changing of our current writing system to Baybayin what we wanted to emphasize is that it should also be learned for culture preservation purposes.”

The reason why some Filipinos are not good at speaking Tagalog is because some schools practice English as their basic language rather than practicing both dialects. Of course, almost every person out there would love to pick up and learn a different language or two for the edge – who doesn’t, right? But removing Filipino subjects in the college curriculum is not fair if you consider the fact that the Korean language will still be taught in public high schools.

It seems unacceptable that our mother tongue might soon become a thing of the past. We should not let our countrymen forget our national language! Because these subjects do not only help the youth to improve their communication skills but it also strengthens our identity as Filipinos.

InqPOP!/Nicole Ortega

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