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The Philippines Ranked The Lowest In Reading, Science, And Math, According To This Global Survey

What did the DepEd have to say about these results?

Inter-government group Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) administered a two-hour Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam to 600,000 students aged 15 years old in 79 countries in 2018.

Their findings, which were published on December 3, revealed that Filipino students scored a mean of 340 points in the reading comprehension exam which fell way below the average of 487 points.

The OECD said, “Reading proficiency is essential for a wide variety of human activities—from following instructions in a manual; to finding out the who, what, when, where, and why of an event; to communicating with others for a specific purpose or transaction.”

It’s not just reading comprehension where Filipino students struggled: In mathematics and science, Filipino students scored an average of 353 in math, which has an average of 489 points; and in science, scoring 357 out of 489 points.

The OECD noted in its findings that 60 percent of Filipino students agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “Your intelligence is something about you that you can’t change very much.” The organization said, “Those students are unlikely to make the investments in themselves that are necessary to succeed in school and in life.”

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GMANews reported that the countries that topped the ranking and scored above the average include China (Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang), followed by Singapore and Macau.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) issued a statement on December 4 where they acknowledged the OECD results, according to a report from PhilStar.

The statement read, “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.”

The DepEd also promised to act on the quality basic education through its “Sulong EduKalidad” program involving reforms in areas such as K-12, improvement of learning facilities, professional development programs for teachers and school heads, and stakeholder engagement.

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