Following the release of a World Bank report outlining the poor performance of Filipino students in key literacy subjects, the Department of Education gave assurance reforms are underway to improve the quality of education in the country.
Even before the results from international assessments, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said they had already identified quality as a major challenge in Philippine education, citing student performance in national achievement tests.
He said, “We accept as a challenge the results showing that we are a bit far if we look at the scale measuring literacies from international standards. What we are assuring our countrymen is that we recognize the challenge of (providing) quality education and that is what we are addressing.”
The World Bank, in a June 21 synthesis report, noted a crisis in Philippine education, citing the results of three international assessments.