PH’s dismal educational performance worries senators

Published December 5, 2019, 2:27 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senators on Thursday raised concern about the Philippines’ dismal performance in mathematics, science and reading as revealed in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), offering solutions to improve the quality of education in the country.

Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate on Monday, November 14, 2016. Villanueva was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Jansen Romero
Senator Joel Villanueva (JANSEN ROMERO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The Philippines was lowest in reading comprehension among the 79 countries that participated in the assessment conducted by the inter-government group Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The PISA results also showed the country ranking second lowest in mathematics and science proficiency.

Senator Joel Villanueva said he was saddened with the report.

“The results are disheartening. While this is a great concern in our basic education system, it will certainly have an effect on the ability of our students to cope with higher ed environment and complete higher education,” Villanueva, who is vice chair of the Senate basic education committee, said in a text message.

He said one of the solutions to address the poor proficiency rate of Filipino students would be to give them proper nutrition and learning support starting at a young age.

He said his Senate Bill No. 858, which seeks to strengthen the day care system in the community level, will amend existing laws to ensure that preschool children are given proper day care education.

“I believe that our learning and academic performance starts with proper nutrition and appropriate learning and play environments at preschool. I hope my proposal will be considered and will contribute to improving not just the academic performance but the overall welfare of underprivileged children,” Villanueva said.

Under his proposal, day care services shall be made available for the whole duration of the work hours of the working parents and an additional two hours to account for the travel time of the parent to the day center to fetch their children.

The government shall also provide child care

financial assistance to parents who are minimum wage earners so that they could enroll their children in day care centers.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, said the Department of Education (DepEd) should establish an incentive and disincentive policy among public schools to encourage quality education of students.

“Siguro dapat may contest tayo among schools na every year, there is a math…and science contest para makikita mo kung sino ang school ang mahina at malakas. Bigyan ng incetive yong magagaling at bigyan ng disincentive ‘yong mga mahihina, para magkaroon sila ng wish to excel, to be better, ‘di ba. (Maybe we should have a contest among schools where there is math and science contest so we would see which schools have poor and strong performance. Give incentives to those that are doing well, and disincentive for those with dismal performance, so they would wish to excel, to be better),” she said.

“Kasi pag walang ganoon (Because if we do not have that), eh they will not do anything to improve quality, because there’s no measure, there’s no reward, there’s no penalty for not doing it,” she pointed out.

Villar said the PISA results should be a cause of concern to the DepEd, as this would also put the country in a bad light.

“Hindi naman natin ine-expect that we are the best but hindi naman kulelat..second to the last…Medyo nakakahiya naman ‘yon (We are not expecting that we are the best but we should not be at the bottom, or second to the last. That was quite embarrassing),” she lamented.

The DepEd, she said should focus on the improving the quality of Filipino students in public schools.

“Pati ‘yong principal, teachers, they should be responsible, dapat maging pride din nila na magaling yung kanilang mga estudyante, nawala ‘yon eh (Principals and teachers should also be responsible, they should be taking pride that they are producing excellent students),” she added.

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PH’s dismal educational performance worries senators

Published December 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senators on Thursday raised concern about the Philippines’ dismal performance in mathematics, science and reading as revealed in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), offering solutions to improve the quality of education in the country.

Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate on Monday, November 14, 2016. Villanueva was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Jansen Romero
Senator Joel Villanueva (JANSEN ROMERO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The Philippines was lowest in reading comprehension among the 79 countries that participated in the assessment conducted by the inter-government group Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The PISA results also showed the country ranking second lowest in mathematics and science proficiency.

Senator Joel Villanueva said he was saddened with the report.

“The results are disheartening. While this is a great concern in our basic education system, it will certainly have an effect on the ability of our students to cope with higher ed environment and complete higher education,” Villanueva, who is vice chair of the Senate basic education committee, said in a text message.

He said one of the solutions to address the poor proficiency rate of Filipino students would be to give them proper nutrition and learning support starting at a young age.

He said his Senate Bill No. 858, which seeks to strengthen the day care system in the community level, will amend existing laws to ensure that preschool children are given proper day care education.

“I believe that our learning and academic performance starts with proper nutrition and appropriate learning and play environments at preschool. I hope my proposal will be considered and will contribute to improving not just the academic performance but the overall welfare of underprivileged children,” Villanueva said.

Under his proposal, day care services shall be made available for the whole duration of the work hours of the working parents and an additional two hours to account for the travel time of the parent to the day center to fetch their children.

The government shall also provide child care

financial assistance to parents who are minimum wage earners so that they could enroll their children in day care centers.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, said the Department of Education (DepEd) should establish an incentive and disincentive policy among public schools to encourage quality education of students.

“Siguro dapat may contest tayo among schools na every year, there is a math…and science contest para makikita mo kung sino ang school ang mahina at malakas. Bigyan ng incetive yong magagaling at bigyan ng disincentive ‘yong mga mahihina, para magkaroon sila ng wish to excel, to be better, ‘di ba. (Maybe we should have a contest among schools where there is math and science contest so we would see which schools have poor and strong performance. Give incentives to those that are doing well, and disincentive for those with dismal performance, so they would wish to excel, to be better),” she said.

“Kasi pag walang ganoon (Because if we do not have that), eh they will not do anything to improve quality, because there’s no measure, there’s no reward, there’s no penalty for not doing it,” she pointed out.

Villar said the PISA results should be a cause of concern to the DepEd, as this would also put the country in a bad light.

“Hindi naman natin ine-expect that we are the best but hindi naman kulelat..second to the last…Medyo nakakahiya naman ‘yon (We are not expecting that we are the best but we should not be at the bottom, or second to the last. That was quite embarrassing),” she lamented.

The DepEd, she said should focus on the improving the quality of Filipino students in public schools.

“Pati ‘yong principal, teachers, they should be responsible, dapat maging pride din nila na magaling yung kanilang mga estudyante, nawala ‘yon eh (Principals and teachers should also be responsible, they should be taking pride that they are producing excellent students),” she added.

Read more: PH reels from poor ranking in reading, science and mathematics among 79 countries

 

 

 
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