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World Bank: 90% of 10-year-old PH kids can’t read

World Bank: 90% of 10-year-old PH kids can’t read

A new report by the World Bank showed that “learning poverty” in the Philippines has reached 90% in 2021 amid pandemic.

In its report “Remote Learning During COVID-19: Lessons from Today, Principles for Tomorrow,” it noted that remote learning take-up in the country was at the lowest rate of 20% covered, alongside Ethiopia which also has a learning poverty rate of 90%

The multilateral lender defines learning poverty as the percentage of 10-year-olds who cannot read and understand a simple story —in other words, those who are below a “minimum proficiency” threshold for reading.

“Children’s engagement with remote learning is generally low where parents or caregivers lack any type of education and, in several countries, these children were three-to-four times less likely to engage in a learning activity compared to households where parents have tertiary education, as seen in the Philippines and Peru,” the World Bank said.

“Evidence suggests that remote learning did not produce as much learning as in-person schooling prior to the pandemic,” it said.

“COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented experiment in the deployment of remote learning as a means to counter school closures and to deliver education effectively and at scale,” it added.

In response, DepEd said that it acknowledges the challenges in education quality of the country even before the pandemic.

“It is precisely why we introduced various ongoing interventions to address issues on basic education,” it said.

“The issue of learning poverty has been a dilemma of the country for years and the Department is proactively dealing with it for the long term,” it added.

The DepEd said the objectives of its Sulong EduKalidad campaign and Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030 are set to materialize in the coming years, “we are leaving behind a worthy mission to continue for the next DepEd administration.”

“We have come a long way in our quest for quality education but we are not yet done with our journey. Our efforts must be consistent, cohesive, and collaborative for us to achieve in delivering quality education to every Filipino child,” it said.

8 thoughts on “World Bank: 90% of 10-year-old PH kids can’t read”

  1. The DepEd’s journey to alleviate the problems in basic education will never end unless the real problem is given solution .The focus of their intention is the contradiction of their policy No Child Left behind which was taken literally . The giving of so much empowerment to school heads who enjoyed so much power tripping ,dumping loads of paper works to teachers and allowing so much competition which allows school heads to focus for prestige, defeat the purpose of education which is supposed to be child -centered .Teachers must teach for the learners to learn. Discipline must be imposed .And ironic as it is, performing school is synonymous with garnering awards, less percentage of drop outs and retention. The best part, mass promotion is not allowed but…


    I think we should have to give importance for our students to learn more and to give more time to help them to reading not only in the School but also in studying at home. Give time to study by helping them to practice reading and to understand what the basic learning that they needed.

  3. deped complicates things…sgod should not play a major role in teachers job….teachers should focus on cid alone..sdo should never require teachers to submit report that will push the latter to fabricate…esp nat…deped should know the reality on the field rather than boasting on many programs that they never knew if it was really relevant or directly addresses the reading problem.

  4. kaya po sana this coming pasukan ulet sana
    mag ka interview/ screening sa mga bata hndi lang elementary lalo nasa junior high
    para po mabigyan extra time ung mga mahihina pa pa mag basa at lalo na ung sa comprehension at ibalik sana ung dating grading system ..
    at sana habaan na ung oras sa klase

  5. Sana yung mga gawain ng heads hindi pinapagawa sa teachers gaya ng SBM bakit teachers ang mag compile gather ng data humaharap sa evaluators
    Wag na sana yung pa contest 2x
    Yung mga supervisors sana mag observe hindi paper works na lang nasa look ng aircon na room .Yung principal then sana mag observe everyday

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