PeoplePower Points: Education in the Philippines for 2011-2012, passed or failed

What can you say about Deped's report on declining achievement rates of elementary and high school students nationwide?
Erwin Espinoza, Pangasinan: Declining pala ang achievement rates natin sa elementary and high school students nationwide, so let us improve our teachers and classrooms.
Jose Fabello Jr., Cagayan De Oro City: That’s quite an understandable report, but with a hidden agenda, if I may say. How else can the administration prop-up its K+ 12 idea?

Deteriorating quality of education
Edwin Castillo, Tanauan City: It only means that the quality of education, especially in our public schools, is poor.
Louie Vallo, Pangasinan: It reflects the true state of education in our country. Dilapidated classrooms, a deteriorating learning environment in schools, and sometimes, a lack of motivation among mentors mainly because of low compensation, are the reasons why achievement rates of students both in the primary and secondary levels are declining.
Roel Tonton Ido, Metro Manila: It is a reflection of low quality education because of lack of classrooms, teachers and school facilities.
Ella Arenas, Pangasinan: It’s probably a reflection of the quality of education in the country. The administration should take a serious look into the direction that Philippine education is taking and make the necessary changes and improvements.
Felix Ramento, USA: It is the result of the government’s utter neglect to raise the standards of our educational system and attract more qualified teachers. It hurts but the truth is, that among the typical Filipino family, the less competitive children are advised, “mag-teacher ka na lang.
Alexander Raquepo, Ilocos Sur:  A conducive learning environment, with the right facilities/equipment, among many others, is what we lack. This is another layer to the already multi-layered problems that P-Noy’s administration should face.

English proficiency a must
Dino Monzon, Caloocan City:  The decline in elementary/high school achievement rates proves that English proficiency and as a means of instruction should be advocated ASAP.

Too many distractions
Dennis Montealto, Mandaluyong City: Many factors contribute to the low scores. I would like to do the blame game and point fingers on entertainment shows on TV, the addiction to Internet games, and the lure of barkada, among others. Parents and teachers can only do so much, but the temptations that influence kids more than their mentors can take away quality time dedicated supposedly to learning and studying.
Miguelito Herrera, Cabanatuan City: It’s truly a frightening prospect, and it will result in more dropouts. A lot of students don’t take education seriously, as they are more focused on their extra-curricular activities and on the more pressing economic problems they experience.
Karl Frederick Rafanan, Manila: There are too many distractions in this generation. The educators of today must get the youth interested in studying. The same also goes for the parents. Additionally, please bring back and update the educational programs in mainstream local stations, including all media.
Aleli Irison Arafol, Manila: Maraming factors. Maaaring kulang sa nutrition ang mga bata. Sa kahirapan ng buhay, hindi maganda ang kundisyon ng paaralan at kanyang tahanan, kayat hindi makapag-concentrate sa pag-aaral. Marami na rin masamang elemento sa lipunan. Hindi tulad noon na simple lang ang buhay, at dahil sa teknolohiya, nagiging tamad na rin ang mga kabataan.

Lack of parental guidance
Dayang Jean Baniga, Bulacan: Confidence and study habits are now lacking in children nowadays. Mothers are so busy with telenovelas and their vices. As parents, we need to focus our mind on encouraging our children to read everyday and also devote time to listening to them. The government should also educate their teachers more.
Diony Yap, Bacolod City: It’s due to lack of parental guidance and then we can put all the blame on the mighty Internet.
Randolph Hallasgo, Misamis Oriental: I think Deped is not totally to blame. There are plenty of students especially in public schools with problems in their basic unit of society, the family. A student will not be inspired to learn if what he sees inside his own home is hopeless.
J.R. Mondonedo Jr., Parañaque City: I believe it boils down to the parent checking on the progress of their children. With all this technology, kids nowadays are spending too much time playing games instead of studying. Also, we also have to consider why certain kids are not doing well in school. Maybe the relationship of their parents is not stable, health conditions, or maybe the parents were not so smart themselves. Teachers are not to blame, because they can only do so much.

Who’s to blame?
Leonard Kristian Gelacio, Cauayan City: Who are we going to blame for the declining achievement rates of students? Is it the teacher, who is mainly responsible for imparting knowledge to them? Is it the parents, who cannot send their children to good schools because of poverty? Are we going to put the blame on the students themselves, for not being studious, or on the DepEd, for not doing enough to provide classrooms and other basic needs to students? Those concerned should address the issue.

It isn’t just RP
Maria Bella Sison, Metro Manila: It’s a worldwide phenomenon.  

Is K+12 the solution?
Angelito Bautista Jr., Navotas: They should focus on improving facilities and equipment (classrooms, chairs, schools buildings), hiring additional teachers, and improving classroom materials. Will they tell me that K-12 is the solution for now?
Pedro Alagano Sr., Vigan City: Whether true or false, like it or not, the report means to dramatize and justify the forthcoming implementation of the K+12 program of Deped. Hence, may I dub the issue as the “short and winding road” to Calvary of poor parents?
Manuel Abejero, Pangasinan: It is due to the declining quality of teachers and the system we have. So whoever thought of the additional two years in prep and high school is like an unfertilized egg.
Elpidio Que, Vigan: I did not hear about this until today. Could this be the Deped Secretary’s way of selling his loathed proposition to add two more years to the school curriculum? If this Deped report is correct, the cause should be no other than poor facilities and teacher competence, nothing else.
Desuel Pardo, Mandaluyong City: Marami ang dahilan. Unang-una na ay maraming pinagka-aabalahang libangan ang mga mag-aaral, tulad ng panonood ng palabas sa telebisyon na walang kapupulutan ng aral, at paggamit ng computer sa paglalaro. Ikalawa ay ang mahinang kalusugan ng mga mag-aaral dahil sa kahirapan. Ikatlo ay kakulangan ng kakayahang magturo ng maraming guro. At ikaapat ay kakulangan ng gusaling pampaaralan, mga silid-aralan, mga mapagkakatiwalaang aklat, mga kagamitan sa pagtuturo tulad ng computer, pisara, chalk at laboratoryo. 

Perennial problem
Cecille Damasco, Manila: Matagal na kaya yan.

Help for students who need it
Germi Sison, Cabanatuan City: The learning capacity of a student is already determined in as early as grade school. There are fast learners, who can be admitted in high school right after elementary. There are slow learners and poor learners, who may opt to take two more years of basic education or enrol in a vocational high school, and if they improve in the first two years, they can move to high school. This set-up would be fair and sensible to all concerned, to improve our educational achievement level.

Train the trainors
R. Los Baños, Las Piñas City: Teachers in public elementary and high schools are among the lowest-paid professionals these days. If the adage ‘you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’ applies, then enough can be said about the quality of teachers the public school system is generally able to recruit. Because of shortage, these teachers are also handling up to 90 students in a classroom, which is simply beyond their capacity to teach effectively. What do we expect from students with this kind of learning environment?
Rodolfo Talledo, Angeles City: It’s a big reason to conduct competence evaluation on all public school teachers, who mostly indulge nowadays in mass movements than schoolroom activities. They are far more concerned with personal gain than to fulfill a patriotic and noble mission.

It’s Deped’s responsibility
Ignacio Anacta, Metro Manila: If Deped itself has reported the declining achievement rates of our students, the question is, when did they find out about it? What actions have they done, if any, to reverse this nationwide negative trend? With our inborn talents, I’m sure it’s reversible. But do they have a program to deal with it?
Cris Rivera, Rizal: The low achievement rating of the primary and secondary students, nonetheless, is a reflection of Deped and its subaltern performance.
Carmela Ramento, Cagayan de Oro City: The report should be Deped’s primary concern: That they try to stop the decline and work hard to reverse it.
Ruel Bautista, Laguna: Isn’t it the duty and responsibility of Deped to guide our students in their studies? Are they whining for divine intervention to cover up for their inefficiency?

It’s not just DepEd’s concern
Nescel Panes, Passi City, Iloilo: The cause of declining achievement rates is not only the concern of DepEd but of all other sectors of the government. I believe that there are other factors that directly affect the achievement rates. Some of this includes the family relationship, peer influence, attitude of children towards education, congested curriculum, sophistication of technology, print ads and media, lifestyle and culture and many others. Despite the effort of the government to offer free basic education for all, people always say that isn’t enough.
Students don’t value learning
Johann Lucas, Quezon City: Most students don’t value school. It’s more about getting credentials than learning, and these don’t operate as short-term motives to do the work.

Quality of teaching must improve
Tony Gomez, Parañaque City: The declining achievement rates of students can be traced to the declining quality of teaching. The government must have a program to address the low quality of teaching.
Louella Brown, Baguio City: The Deped needs more committed and dedicated teachers, who can glide with the lower achievers to improve achievement rates nationwide.

Limited resources
Jon Cometa, Metro Manila: There are too many kids but limited resources.

Solve poverty and corruption
Antonio Bello, Manila: There are several factors for the declining achievement rates of our students in elementary and high school. Of course, the poor standard of education is a big culprit, exacerbated by poor school facilities, the buildings themselves, and the materials used for teaching, and, most of all, the very poor training of teachers, most of whom have difficulty with the English language! But, let’s look beyond the school. For those in public schools, especially among the urban poor, what basic education can children get when exposed to the tragic state in crowded squatter areas? This brings us to knock again at the doors of our national leaders’ hearts to do something about our poor economy, to alleviate us all from its burgeoning effect.
Elmo Cruz, Manila: The Department of Education should get rid of corruption first so it can appropriate the budget according to the needs of the schools and students to improve the level of educational achievement.

Where the funds go
Jim Veneracion, Naga City: This correctly validates the long-held reality of our decadent educational system. There’s no denying that we’ve sunk so low. An underachieving studentry is not news to me anymore. I have long accepted this as a fact, and I would put the blame for this deterioration on our politicians and the Deped, which has also become a haven of corruption. Though the largest share in our national budget goes to education, our education officials do not prioritize in spending their outlay. Worse, some officials resort to self-enrichment.
Joe Nacilla, Las Piñas City: Deped’s report on the declining achievement rates of elementary and high school students may be true in public schools and there is no one to blame but Deped itself. How can one expect good results or quality products using old, dilapidated equipment? The budget allocation is not the problem, but the correct implementation thereof.
Dr. Francis Regalado, Manila: I believe there are a lot of donations and NGOs supporting the education system, aside from the national allocation, but where does it go? I once met an education officer who lives in a posh village. Is that where it all went? Is it any wonder that our education system breeds dull students, which is all the better for government officials so people will not be aware that they steal under our noses?

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