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Learners struggle from learning 3Rs, teachers say

Learners struggle from learning 3Rs, teachers say

Some teachers have observed deficiencies in the reading, writing and numeracy skills of their students from Grade 2 to Grade 11, based on the first week of classes.

Ruby Bernardo, a Grade 10 Filipino teacher, said some of her students were having a difficult time expressing themselves during face-to-face classes.

“You would expect them to have a higher order thinking skill somehow but the students find it hard to do simple pronunciation,” she said.

Mathematics teacher Melanie Balahadia said only 21 percent of selected Grade 2 students passed the literacy and numeracy assessment at her school last June.

“Most of the students failed, especially in mathematics. This means that the pandemic had a huge effect on the kids, and there is really a learning gap,” Balahadia said.

DepEd admitted that it found “alarming” reports of such learning gaps, which prompted the agency to develop a “learning recovery and continuity plan (LRCP).”

“The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the delivery of learning at an unprecedented scale not just in the Philippines but worldwide. The abrupt change in the learning delivery landscape from face-to-face learning to distance learning impacted learning outcomes,” DepEd said.

DepEd defines learning gaps as the difference between what the students are expected to have learned in a particular grade level compared to what they have learned up to that point.

“These gaps are often compounding. Hence, DepEd developed its learning recovery and continuity plan,” it said.