Baseline Study on Language Match and Teacher Assignment in BARMM

ACTRC is undertaking a research project for the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao Program. Pathways is a nine-year program funded by the Australian government following the completion of Basic Education Assistance to Mindanao-ARMM (BEAM-ARMM) in 2017. It aims to improve the delivery and quality of basic education in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) towards a more resilient and peaceful Mindanao.

The study will gather baseline data on language mapping and teacher deployment in BARMM. It will specifically look into the language mapping process implemented by schools, and explore the match or mismatch that occurs between the mother tongue of the child and the language of instruction, the language used in instructional materials, the language data in the Learner Information System (LIS), and the assigned/official mother tongue of the school. Compensatory and innovative strategies being used by schools that experience any mismatch will also be studied. The second part of the study seeks to describe the process of assigning teachers in schools, and will examine any match or mismatch between teachers’ pre- and in-service preparation and their teaching assignment. How schools address challenges and issues in matching teachers will also be investigated.

Results of the study will potentially inform BARMM’s Ministry of Education on aspects of Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) and teacher deployment as it develops education initiatives for BARMM.

Project team

Dr Marie Therese A.P. Bustos, ACTRC, University of the Philippines

Xerxes M. de Castro, ACTRC, University of the Philippines

Karizza Bianca Loberiza, ACTRC, University of the Philippines

Joesal Jan A. Marabe, ACTRC, University of the Philippines

Dr Romylyn A. Metila, University of the Philippines

Prof Nerissa O. Zara, University of the Philippines