Senators weigh in on Pinoy students’ poor assessment report

MANILA Following reports that Filipino students are at the bottom in terms of reading comprehension, and math and science, several senators on Thursday offered various proposals to improve the learning and academic performance of the country's youth.

For Senator Cynthia Villar, instituting a rewards and incentives system for public schools might be a way to goad them to strive to be better.

Bigyan ng incentive 'yung magagaling at bigyan ng disincentive yung mahihina para namang magkaroon ng (Give incentives to top schools and give disincentives to the poor performers so that they will have a) wish to excel or challenged to be better, Villar said in an ambush interview.

She also proposed that non-performing schools should be disbanded altogether by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Villar said a similar reward system should be accorded to bright students.

She said some sort of national exams could be held to show who are the bright students to be rewarded.

'Yung magagaling na estudyante, ang school nila dapat may mga national exams tapos na-me-measure mo, and then yung magagaling na estudyante, bigyan natin ng reward (For bright students, their schools should hold national exams as a kind of measure, then we reward the bright students), Villar said.

On the other hand, Senator Joel Villanueva said proper nutrition and appropriate learning and play environments as early as pre-school play an important role in the learning and academic performance of a student.

He said it is for this reason he filed Senate Bill No. 858, which seeks to amend existing laws to strengthen the barangay daycare system.

This is to give them proper care while their parents go to work. This will ensure proper nutrition and development support, Villanueva said in a statement.

I hope my proposal will be considered and will contribute to improving not just the academic performance but the overall welfare of underprivileged children, he said.

Nutrition is also the key to a student's academic performance, Senator Francis Pangilinan said.

The lawmaker said the low ranking of the Philippines in the PISA report is also rooted in hunger among Filipinos.

Naniniwala akong resulta rin ito ng gutom sa mga batang Pilipino na marami ay (I believe that this is also the result of hunger among Filipino children, many of whom are) underweight, stunting, or even wasting, Pangilinan said in a statement.

Kapag gutom ang bata, paano natin siya ma-expect na makapag-aral nang maayos? (If a child is hungry, how can we expect him/her to study well?), he added.

The senator urged everybody to support the fight against hunger, as it is the responsibility of everyone and not just the government.

Tungkulin nating lahat nasa loob at labas ng gobyerno na siguraduhing merong sapat at abot-kayang pagkain para sa lahat ng Pilipino. Yan ang ibig sabihin ng pagiging (It is the responsibility of everyone whether inside or outside of government to ensure that there is affordable food for every Filipino. That is the meaning of being)food secure, Pangilinan said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency