PH schools lag behind in ASEAN
(SPOT.ph) Education-wise, the Philippines ranks 97th out of 169 member countries in the United Nations (UN) and fifth out of 10 in Southeast Asia, according to the UN Development Report cited in a GMA News report. The ranking is largely due to a shortage of supplies and poor facilities, the report said. Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam precede the Philippines in the list.
One such example stated in the report is that of Panghulo Elementary School in Malabon, which experiences floods during high tide, making it difficult for teachers to hold classes and for students to attend them. Some parts of the campus are even covered in moss. According to the report, flag-raising ceremony is conducted in a corridor instead of outdoors while physical education classes are held in the street. Meanwhile,at Commonwealth High School in Quezon City, because 9,000 students are enrolled, classes are conducted in shifts, and more than 60 students occupy one classroom.
According to the report, despite the country’s relatively high literacy rate of 93.6 percent, some students (aged 15 years old and above) still experience difficulty reading and writing. The Philippines also has the second biggest dropout rate in Southeast Asia at 26.8 percent, following Cambodia’s 45.6 percent.
The problems are attributed to the lack of supplies and poor facilities, which in turn, are caused by a misallocation of budget, reports GMA News. According to the Kabataan Partylist, the Philippines has the biggest student-teacher ratio in Southeast Asia. About 93,599 teachers in high school and grade school and 134,400 classrooms are also required to supplement the growing number of students. The Department of Education, however, said that it is working on the problem.
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