The World Bank recently published a report which showed a large number of Filipino students falling below minimum proficiency levels. It’s a rather staggering figure: a whopping 80%. According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the news is “very disturbing po and very alarming”.
Calling it a Philippine education “crisis”, the World Bank said it began “pre-Covid19 (coronavirus disease 2019)”. Apparently, with the pandemic, things “ have been made worse”. The entire report was based on three assessments which the Philippines participated in: Pisa or the Program for International Student in 2018, the first cycle of the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) in 2019, and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in 2019.
Only 10 to 22% of Filipino students in Grade 4, 5, and 9 had scores “at or above minimum proficiency” across all the global assessments. Roque has said that the Department of Education (DepEd) is already introducing education reform to help students adapt to the new normal. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, he added, will find ways for the country’s education quality to improve.
He also reiterated that at present, the Philippines is making use of blended learning. New learning styles include modular learning, online learning, instruction based on radio and television and more.