OECD on Education in the Philippines

Many Filipino students believe success in learning is all in the genes and making an effort is not a solution to low academic performance, an official of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development told a Senate hearing on Thursday. The OECD conducted the Program for International Student Assessment in which the Philippines fared poorly.

Andreas Schleicher, the agency’s director for education and skills, told senators “most Philippine students do not believe in effort as a solution for learning outcomes.”

“Students spend too much [time] learning materials by heart and little time to actually creatively use and apply knowledge, question hypothesis, build hypothesis,” he said.

The OECD calls this a lack of growth mindset. Students who believe they have the means and ownership of success are more likely to succeed, just like those in top educational systems like in China.

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