Manila Schools Told: Step Up English Proficiency Programs

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Manila Schools Told: Step Up English Proficiency Programs


Byline: REDEN S. VIAJE

Manila Mayor Jose Atienza Jr. yesterday directed the heads of city government-supported educational institutions to intensify their respective English Proficiency Programs in order to maximize their benefits for students and teachers.

Anticipating the new wave of graduates who will be looking for jobs at the end of the school year, Atienza said those proficient in the English language are sure to have the edge. "This is why we want the graduates of our cityrun schools like Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), City College of Manila (CCM), and Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Tehnology (EARIST) to get the jobs they want as a result of our English Proficiency Programs," he said.

Officials tasked to initiate the proficiency programs had earlier noted that Filipino migrant workers had been in demand for decades, not only because of their skills and productivity, but also for their English language proficiency.

After almost one year of implementing the city government-initiated English Proficiency Program, Atienza expressed general satisfaction with the results as seen in the reports submitted by presidents of the schools concerned, even as he encouraged them to intensify their efforts to implement the English policy. …

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