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DepEd recognizes basic education gaps; maps out plans

Philippine Information Agency
05 Dec 2019, 16:38 GMT+10

PASIG CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA)--The Department of Education (DepEd) recognizes the urgency of addressing issues and gaps in the quality of the country's basic education following the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018 released last December 3.

PISA results revealed that the Philippines scored 353 in Mathematics, 357 in Science, and 340 in Reading, all below the average of participating OECD countries.

DepEd said in a statement Wednesday that to address this, the department through Sulong Edukalidad will be implementing aggressive reforms in four key areas: (1) K to 12 review and updating, (2) Improvement of learning facilities, (3) Teachers and school heads' upskilling and reskilling through a transformed professional development program; and (4) engagement of all stakeholders for support and collaboration.

The Department also called on the entire nation to actively involve, cooperate and partner with them in advancing the quality of basic education in the Philippines, so that no Filipino learners should be left behind..

DepEd said this the first time, the Philippines joined the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018, as part of the Quality Basic Education reform plan and a step towards globalizing the quality of Philippine basic education.

"By participating in PISA, we will be able to establish our baseline in relation to global standards, and benchmark the effectiveness of our reforms moving forward. The PISA results, along with our own assessments and studies, will aid in policy formulation, planning and programming," DepEd added.

To read more about the PISA 2018 National Report of the Philippines, click here: https://www.deped.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/PISA-2018-Philippine-National-Report.pdf (DepEd/PIANCR)

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