By: Erika Rose Cirera
In line with the K-12 curriculum and promoting global competency, San Antonio de Padua College implemented the “English Campaign Program”, requiring Paduans to speak English on every part of the campus every Tuesdays and Thursdays.
|Paduans having their daily conversation using English language as instructed in the English Campaign|
The campaign was implemented as early as the first day of school. Those Paduans who won’t be able to abide in the campaign will be fined of one peso per Tagalog word and with matching community service.
Students will only be allowed to speak Tagalog during Filipino time.
“It was difficult to adjust with the new policy, because some students are not that fluent in speaking English,” said Jan Marie Enriquez, a Grade 9 student.
Students had different reactions, especially the fluent English speakers who had no problems adjusting at all. While those who are not used to the language kept paying fine and cleaning, some just kept quiet and not really speaking unless it’s already Filipino time.