- DepEd, Korean Embassy inked MOA for Korean language to be taught in public high schools
- 10 NCR schools to be included in pilot program, scope to be expanded if successful
- Education secretary, Korean embassy lauded the agreement; said it will deepen ties between two countries
MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos may soon have another language in their linguistic repertoire after the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Korean Embassy agreed to have the Korean language taught in public high schools.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which was signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Ambassador Kim Jae Shin, will initially include 10 public high schools in Metro Manila for the pilot project.
“The Korean language in SPFL (Special Program for Foreign Languages) will serve as an elective offering to ten (10) selected secondary schools in the National Capital Region (NCR),” the DepEd said in a statement. “SPFL is designed to prepare graduates for meaningful interactions in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workplace.”
If it’s successful, the program will eventually be expanded to include other secondary schools and universities.
Both Briones and Kim lauded the agreement; saying it will deepen the two countries’ ties and expand opportunities for both Koreans and Filipinos.
“We are very happy that finally we are having this signing of the MOA. This is not a beginning. This is a continuation of very long years of fruitful relationship, including the field of education, between Korea and the Republic of the Philippines. Korea and the Philippines play important roles in each other’s life, it would be good for our children also to continue the tradition of knowing about each other,” Briones said.
“I’m very happy that Korean language is added as one of the second foreign languages. Language is very important so teaching and studying foreign languages in schools is very helpful to deepen the bilateral understanding between two nations or cultures,” Kim said.
Among the expected benefits are more job opportunities for Filipinos in Korea, and an increased influx of Korean students seeking to continue their studies in the Philippines.