Press Release
March 7, 2019

Statement of Senator Win Gatchalian on the declining National Achievement Test scores of grades 6 & 10 students

News reports have quoted me as blaming the K to12 program for the deterioration of the average National Achievement Test (NAT) scores of Grades 6 and 10 students and performance of teachers. I wish to stress that while the K to 12 may have had a part in the decline of scores, it is not the program itself that is problematic but rather the implementation and how the curriculum is taught.

Tulad ng sinabi ko kahapon, may connection ang K to 12 sa pagbaba ng performance ng ating mga estudyante at guro dahil hindi pa pulido ang implementation nito. Tuloy-tuloy ang ating implementation pero lumabas sa hearing kahapon na ang curriculum na dapat itinuturo sa K to 12 ay may malaking posibilidad na hindi naituturo ng maayos. Teachers who are supposed to teach K to 12 are not adequately prepared and are thus not fully competent in what they are teaching. Kaya kahit natuturuan ang mga bata, hindi pa rin nila napo-process ng tama ang curriculum kaya rin mababa ang nakukuha nilang score sa NAT.

We will continue to look for solutions to address the declining performance of our students, as well as to correct the misalignment between what is being taught in the K to 12 program and the needs of the local job market.

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