The Department of Education (DepED) wants to lessen subjects and focus on Basic Reading and Math in order to solve the learning gaps among students who are currently in an adjustment period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DepEd spokesman, Michael Poa said the department has been undergoing an assessment of the learning competencies of Kindergarten to Grade 10 students, as well as a curriculum review, noting deficiencies in reading competencies among Grade 1 students.
“We are really geared towards having in-person classes because we really saw that it is beneficial to have interaction between students and physically being in class, and physically being monitored and taught by our teachers,” Poa said
“Not just reading. (Also) math, we are really falling behind,” Poa said. “Affected are the Grade 1 learners. This is our main focus now, in terms of reading, mathematics.”
“Since we are currently doing the K-10 review, what we plan to do is to decongest our current curriculum, go back to the basics. And really focus on those areas,” Poa said.
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“And of course, included there is to really train them, our teachers, in terms of teaching reading and mathematics,” Poa said.
“We can always change the curriculum, but when it comes to the teachers, we also have to focus our attention so that they are also prepared to teach these basic skills. They do need training,” Poa said.
“In fact, we are about to launch a national reading program to address those who are really having difficulties in learning reading and mathematics because they have had no school interaction and (have not) learned reading in the company of their peers,” Poa said.
“We have already formed a TWG, a technical working group, to solidify a National Reading Program. The mathematics part is also in the pipeline. And we want to do the same, we want to replicate a national program for mathematics,” he said.
DepEd to lessen subjects and focus on Basic Reading and Math – Updated: October 15, 2022
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