The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has expressed its stand in the low performance of Filipinos in the recent international assessment of students worldwide, claiming that the sudden implementation of K-12 program contributed to students’ dismal performance. 

Jocelyn Martinez, chair of the ACT, said during her interview with “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News on Monday night that the implementation of the K-12 program had an impact on the learning of students.

“There is a correlation between the class sizes and the K-12,” she said in Filipino. 

“The subjects that the students have to study increased. There are a lot of competencies, content that the students have to study despite having limited time,” she added.

Martinez also noted problems on teacher competencies, noting cases wherein teachers have to teach subjects that they are not really familiar with, because there is no one else available to manage them.

“There is a mismatch. The teachers were not ready for K-12, she said. 

K-12 program did not help 

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Meanwhile, ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro also attributed the dismal performance of the Filipino students in the 2018 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to K-12.

“The results of the 2018 PISA only prove that the K-12 system did not enhance the quality of basic education in our country,” she declared after the release of the results of the triennial assessment.

“How can we expect to perform in assessment tests if the government continues to turn a blind eye on the perennial problems of shortages in the basic education system?” she added.

The Philippines ranked the lowest in reading comprehension and second lowest in mathematics and science out of 79 countries that participated in the assessment.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the K-12 program is not the reason for the low scores of the students.

K-12 needs to be reviewed, but it is not the cause of the low ranking,” she said in a separate interview with “The Chiefs” last week.


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