The Department of Education (DepEd) stated on Friday that a report revealing that the majority of Filipino children fall below basic competency levels is a “problem.”
Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said in a Teleradyo interview that they appreciate the findings and take it as a challenge. He stated that they welcome this as a challenge because the findings show that they are far behind. He went on to say that if literacies are measured by worldwide norms, we are at the bottom.
The report was previously regarded as “disturbing and frightening” by Malacanang.
He did, however, criticize the World Bank’s handling of the report, claiming that the Washington-based lender did not provide the agency with an advance copy or an opportunity to review the study before it was made public.
In addition, there is no mention in this research of the reform initiatives we are pursuing in the Department of Education, which they are well aware of.
The World Bank report, according to Malaluan, “lacks understanding that the difficulty in education quality is a result of historical growth.”
Undersecretary Nepomuceno added , “We are as much a partner in addressing the challenge of the quality of education and we hope they will also acknowledge the things that are already being done.
According to the Palace, a World Bank report on Filipino students’ low competency should be investigated.
According to the survey, almost 80% of Filipino children do not meet the basic competency requirements for their grade levels.
Among the 79 countries that participated in the Program for International Student Assessment, the Philippines was ranked lowest in reading and second to last in science and mathematics.
In the fourth-grade assessment of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, the country came in last among 58 countries in both mathematics and science.
In the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics in 2019, the Philippines was also in the bottom half of the six countries in reading, mathematics, and writing literacy.