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Para ‘di kulelat! Win Gatchalian bats for curriculum reforms

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Curriculum reform and teacher’s training are the two important things that the government must focus on to uplift Filipino students’ education.

Senator Win Gatchalian stressed this on Thursday as a recent study ranked the Philippines lowest in Reading Comprehension and ranked second to the lowest in both Math and Science among 79 countries surveyed.

He cited the results of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted in 2018 among 600,000 students in 79 countries.

The Philippines had an average score of 340 in Reading Comprehension, 353 in Science and 357 in Mathematics.

PISA is a triennial study that measures 15-year olds’ ability to use their knowledge and skills in Reading, Mathematics, and Science to meet real-life challenges.

“Among many things, these are the top of mind reforms that we need to do [to upgrade the country’s quality of education],” said Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education.

“Frankly, I expected this, I’ve been tracking the National Achievement Test (NAT) for the last 10 years and we’ve been doing poorly in the last achievement tests,” he said in a television interview.

Elementary is hovering around 60 percent and then High School is hovering around less that 40 percent. “We’re not doing well in NAT therefore it will translate in the PISA exam,” he said.

“Bagama’t inaasahan natin ang mababang marka sa pag-aaral na ito, magsisilbi itong gabay upang iangat ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa bansa,” Gatchalian said.

“What I didn’t expect is we would end last in reading and second to the last in Math and Science, but for me I’m an optimist, I want to look at the upside, and the upside here is were doing a lot of reforms,” he said.

He said that the Department of Education (DepEd) has recognized this problem and they are now “pivoting to quality, which the legislature, we will now support the pivot to quality.”

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