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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s January 29 directive to the Department of Education to restore English as the medium of instruction in the country’s schools has provoked the usual reactions.

Most of these reactions, primarily from the media and those letter writers who claim to know everything, have been expectedly supportive. Their loud voices have drowned out the voices of the people who best know about the subject–the teachers themselves, who are 8 to 1 opposed to the restoration of English as the medium of instruction. Continue reading