Senator Win Gatchalian on Saturday lamented the results of a Southeast Asia-wide study on the learning outcomes of Grade 5 students which showed that a large number of Filipino learners are not proficient enough in Reading, Writing, and Math.
The chair of the Senate basic education committee said this shows the urgency of rolling out basic education curriculum reforms that would boost Filipino learners’ basic competencies.
Results of the 2019 study Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) revealed that only 10 percent of Filipino learners have developed the proficiency in reading to allow their transition to secondary education.
In Mathematics, it was only 17 percent. In terms of writing, only one percent could write cohesive texts with detailed ideas and a good range of appropriate vocabulary.
The SEA-PLM 2019 was conducted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Six countries participated in the pen-and-paper large scale assessment. In the Philippines, there were 6,083 participants for this study.
According to Gatchalian, the results of this study reinforced the findings of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which showed that out of 79 countries, the Philippines ranked lowest in Reading Comprehension and second lowest in Science and Mathematics.
“Lumalabas sa resulta ng SEA-PLM na lalo tayong dapat magsulong at magpatupad ng mga reporma sa ating sistema ng edukasyon—mula sa guro hanggang sa ating curriculum—upang masigurong natututo ang ating mga mag-aaral,” he said.
“Bagama’t nasa kalagitnaan tayo ng krisis dahil sa pandemya ng COVID-19, lalo nating dapat isagawa ang mga repormang ito upang hindi lalong mapag-iwanan ang ating mga mag-aaral,” said Gatchalian.