Jim Paredes explains why PH got low rankings in reading comprehension, math and science

Legendary OPM artist Jim Paredes believes that there are many reasons why the Philippines ranked lowest in reading comprehension, while second-lowest in science and mathematics.

On a tweet, Paredes couldn’t hide his disappointment over the news about the poor rankings of the Philippines conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Among the many reasons Paredes mentioned are corruption and electing the wrong politicians.

According to him, it may be the reason why the students are suffering from poor education.

“Corruption, electing the wrong leaders, apathy, anti-intellectualism, wrong priorities have brought us malnutrition, poverty, lack of classrooms and textbooks and school supplies, poorly paid teachers. And we wonder why kulelat tayo sa reading, comprehension, math, and science,” Paredes said.

Some of his followers agree with Paredes, saying that they support to salaries of the teacher, but they should also improve their teaching skills.

“I’m all for raising teachers’ salary tho. Dapat lng. Pero galingan nmn nila magturo di puro pagpapakopya, nagtuturo ng 8 tenses (aspects) in one period! Come on!” @nomadicvillager said.

“You could be poorly paid and still teach effectively. Problem is too many teachers who have no methodology (lecture, tsismisan and then forcing students to copy texts for one 45 mins!) and are not fluent at all! Pano gagaling sa Inggles e teacher di tama grammar, juskolored!” he added.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tested around 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries through the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The results showed that the Philippines had an average reading score of 340, the lowest among the countries surveyed. It is also below the OECD average of 487.

The Philippines also ranked second lowest in mathematics and science with a score of 353 and 357, respectively.

Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang in mainland China topped all the categories followed by Singapore.

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