PH youth finds difficulty reading and writing in Filipino

( A GMA News report reveals that local students are having difficulty reading and writing in Filipino. Last year, reports GMA News, the average score in the Filipino component of the National Achievement Test was 73.89 percent, over a unit short from the passing score of 75.

Student Chep Melchor said: "Nahihirapan talaga ako. Halos buong class namin hindi maintindihan yung book ni Virgilio Almario (I really had a hard time. Almost our entire class couldn’t understand Virgilio Almario’s book)." Instead, Melchor and his classmates read the English version. Another student, Jolo Guevarra, said that Filipino is more complicated. "May mga ibang Filipino words na although parehas po yung pag-spell nila, iba- iba rin yung pagbigkas nila at kahulugan (There are similarly spelled Filipino words, but they’re pronounced differently and they have varied meanings), he said.

Because of the difficulty students are experiencing with the language, tutor Aldo Garcia said that next to math, Filipino tutors are the most in-demand. Other schools, meanwhile, are trying to provide solutions. Ateneo de Manila University, according to the report, offers basic Filipino courses to students who have poor facility of the language.

For more on this story, log on to GMA News.


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