Baseline Study on Language Match and Teacher Assignment in BARMM

ACTRC undertook 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 gathered baseline data on language mapping and teacher deployment in BARMM. It specifically looked into the language mapping process implemented by schools, and explored the match or mismatch that occurs between the mother tongue/s of the learner and the language/s of instruction, the language/s used in instructional materials, the language data in the Learner Information System (LIS), and the assigned/official mother tongue/s of the school. Compensatory and innovative strategies being used by schools that experience any mismatch were also studied. The second aspect of the study sought to describe the process of assigning teachers in schools, and examined any match or mismatch between teachers’ pre- and in-service preparation and their teaching assignment. How schools address challenges and issues in matching teachers were also investigated.

The reports and recommendations of the study were forwarded to BARMM’s Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) to potentially inform its ongoing education initiatives for the region, particularly in the area of MTB-MLE.

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

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