Instruction No. 126

TEACHING OF THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE
IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

December 24, 1942

The Honorable
The COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, HEALTH
AND PUBLIC WELFARE

You are hereby instructed to make the teaching of the Japanese language compulsory in all public and private elementary schools in the Philippines as from the month of January, 1943, and to take proper measures for the enforcement thereof in accordance with the following:

(1) The Japanese language shall be taught in all school grades.

(2) The Japanese language shall be taught every day and for the time being at the rate of not less than 100 minutes per week. It will not be permitted, however, to prolong the total teaching time allotted for all the courses.

(3) The textbook to be used shall, for the time being, be “HANASI KOTOBA.”

(4) In schools where it is not possible to procure the necessary language instructors during the period governed by these instructions, some delay in the teaching of the Japanese language shall be allowed with the permission of the Japanese Military Administration. However, appropriate measures shall be taken as early as possible to rectify the situation.

(5) In schools where the Japanese language is already being taught, the teaching shall be continued in accordance with these instructions.

(6) The teaching of the Japanese language shall, in principle, be carried out by the direct method. However, when owing to the limited capacity of the instructors this is impracticable; it will be permissible for the time being to use English or other languages as a means of supplementary explanation.

DIRECTOR GENERAL
JAPANESE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library