Disadvantages Of The Philippines Essay

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In the same vein, according to Quismundo (2012) article on DepEd readies K +12 curricula for next year, the Philippines is at an academic disadvantage. The Philippines is the only country with a 10-year cycle, which is according to UNESCO. One only has to see public school students’ achievement test scores to see that the system has failed the Filipino student, Dina Ocampo said, associate dean at the University of the Philippines College of Education. If one would look at the data, achievement scores are very low. So if one would think about it, it’s really not working. We can’t keep it as it is because the curriculum is too crammed, Ocampo said. Furthermore, Education Undersecretary Alberto Muyot said the scores were really scary. Average National Achievement Test (NAT) scores of elementary school students are at a failing 64 percent. The number further slides in high school, with the national average at 46 percent. Filipino students fade even deeper into the background on the international stage, as reflected in the results of the 2003 TIMMS (Trends in International Math and Science Study). The results of the test, taken by second year high school students, placed the country 41st among 45 participating countries, lagging at the bottom with African countries. Filipino students scored an average 35 percent, barely above students from Ghana and Botswana. The present curriculum is described as congested. This means that students do not get enough time to perform tasks because the curriculum is designed to be taught in…show more content…
It serves as a response to the urgent need to improve the quality of Philippine basic education. The K-12 program aims at decongesting and enhancing the basic education curriculum for learners to master basic competencies, lengthening the cycle of basic education to cover kindergarten through the year 12 (SEAMEO INNOTECH, 2012:
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