K-12 blamed for low math, science ranks | Inquirer News

K-12 blamed for low math, science ranks

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 04:49 AM December 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The failed K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) is to blame for the dismal ratings of Filipino students in a recent international assessment for mathematics and science, a lawmaker said on Sunday.

ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro said the K-12 “congested curriculum” was a failure, resulting in Grade 4 students from the Philippines recording the lowest scores among participants from 58 countries in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019.

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“DepEd’s incompetence immensely impacts teachers and students’ performance. The poor performance of Filipino students in [the TIMSS 2019] marks the failure of DepEd’s K-12 program,” Castro said in a statement.

“Among the outputs of DepEd’s incompetence and haphazard implementation of so-called education reform is the curriculum congestion, which compromises adequate teaching time and students’ deeper understanding. This is worsening under the case of the blended learning scheme,” she added.

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Castro reiterated the need to abolish the K-12 program and urged the government to “create a curriculum that will meet the needs of the society, and to invest more in education so we can address the issues of quality education.” INQ

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