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Duterte OKs review of K to 12

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the plan to review the K to 12 program.

During the Cabinet meeting in Malacañang Tuesday night, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Department of Education (DepEd) proposed to implement the “Sulong EduKalidad,” an educational reform program that will review and update the K-12 curriculum, improve the learning environment, and upskill and reskill the education workforce.

The DepEd also reported on the results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released on December 3, 2019, showing the Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension.

Prior to joining the assessment, Panelo said according to Secretary Leonor Briones, “they already expected an unfavorable result.”

Briones, he also said, reiterated that they joined the PISA to “establish a baseline for the purpose of measuring the development of education in the Philippines vis-à-vis global standards,” which in turn allow the education sector “to evaluate the results and implement corrective measures to address the deficiency” of the Philippine education system.

The 2018 PISA results also revealed the Philippines scored 353 in Mathematics and 357 in Science, all below the average of participating Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

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