DepEd Misses the Point Again!

In describing the reading comprehension exam, PISA notes, "The ability to locate, access, understand and reflect on all kinds of information is essential if individuals are to be able to participate fully in our knowledge-based society." The PISA 2018 was taken by 15-year old students in the Philippines who are either in 9th grade or 10th grade in 2018. These students therefore started seeing the new K to 12 curriculum when they were in either 4th or 5th grade. Clearly, these students have not been under the mother-tongue based multilingual education that DepEd's K to 12 heralded in 2013. When DepEd suggests that the medium of instruction maybe responsible for the poor performance of Philippine students in PISA 2018, it is clear that DepEd itself fails to locate, access, understand and reflect on information. And when someone does not know what, how and why, that individual cannot teach. It is a case of the blind leading the blind. This is the real reason why we are failing in these exams.

Above copied from ABS-CBN

Mother tongue based education is important because it recognizes the home from which a student comes. It is also necessary that we continue to nurture and use our native languages. The primary years should be years when we help our children see their school as their second home, and using the language spoken at home makes this a lot easier. The problem does not lie in the medium of instruction. We cannot teach math if we do not know math. We cannot teach chemistry if we do not know chemistry. We cannot expect our students to meet the minimum requirements of reading comprehension, if we ourselves cannot digest information. This is the real reason why our students are failing.