The Department of Education is seeking efforts to improve the quality of education in the Philippines following the poor results it recently received in two international assessments.
The said effort was echoed through DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio who highlighted that the department would seek to address the issues raised in the 2018 World Development Report such as 1) Schooling is not the same as learning; 2) Schooling without learning is not just a wasted opportunity, but a great injustice; and 3) There is nothing inevitable about low learning in low- and middle-income countries.
“It goes with like the motivation of the learners, the commitment and competence of the teachers, the effectiveness of school management and the availability of learning resources,” said San Antonio.
He also informed that DepEd has been investing on educational facilities and trainings to improve teacher competencies.
“In fact, recently, we also reviewed the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers to be more attentive to the competencies expected of them so that they could be very effective,” he added.
Aside from the long-term education investment made by DepEd, it is also trying to review the existing DepEd curriculum and hat the first phase has been concluded.
“We discovered that while the standards, the contents and the learning standards are at par with those identified with other countries around the world, our curriculum as it is now prior to COVID 19 is congested,” he said.
Recently, we ranked last in an international assessment for Mathematics and Science for Grade 4 and ranked 27th in an English Proficiency.