Reforms in PH basic education eyed after PISA reading results

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Edcuation (DepEd) acknowledges the result of the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released on Tuesday (December 3).

In a statement, the Department said the PISA results, along with the agency’s assessments and studies, will aid in policy formulation, planning and programming towards further improvement in the quality of basic education in the country.

PISA is a worldwide study that examines students’ knowledge in reading, mathematics, and science conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension among the 79 participating countries, with an average reading score of 340.

The Philippines score is 100 points less than the average performance score of 487 set by the OECD, lagging behind its ASEAN neighbors in PISA’s Overall Reading Literacy – Singapore (549); Malaysia (415); Brunei (408); Thailand (393); and Indonesia (371).

The DepEd said it is committed to improving its quality of basic education in order to pass the global standards.

“With the PISA results also reflecting the learners’ performance in the National Achievement Test, DepEd recognizes the urgency of addressing issues and gaps in attaining quality of basic education in the Philippines,” DepEd’s statement read.

To do this, the Department vows to strengthen its efforts through aggressive reforms under its program “Sulong Edukalidad” by reviewing and updating the K to 12 program; improving learning facilities across the country; upskilling and reskilling of teachers and school heads through a transformed professional development program; and engaging all stakeholders for support and collaboration.

It was the first time that the Philippines joined OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) as part of DepEd’s reform plan towards achieving quality basic education and make it at par with global standards.

The Department of Education joined the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2018 as part of the…

Posted by Department of Education – Philippines on  Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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