Marcos wants DepEd to focus on STEM amid commercialized education system

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, left, raises arms with running mate Sara Duterte, the daughter of the current President, during their last campaign rally known as

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, still left, raises arms with working mate Sara Duterte, the daughter of the present President, in the course of their previous campaign rally recognised as “Miting De Avance” on Saturday, May possibly 7, 2022 in Parañaque Town, (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. mentioned that he needs the Department of Training (DepEd), less than the leadership of Sara Duterte-Carpio, to aim on increasing the high quality of Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) training in the country.

In a online video posted on his Facebook on June 4, Marcos acknowledged a comment on his website page that the region is left powering in the STEM fields.

“You seemed to have read through my head. Regrettably, our academic attainment when it comes to arithmetic and the sciences, we do not do really properly as as opposed to other international locations. Which is why our new administration, primarily the DepEd, would have to place far more tension on the so-identified as STEM, since that’s what we genuinely have to have appropriate now,” the incoming president reported.

In the effects of the 2019 Trends in Worldwide Mathematics and Science Examine (TIMSS) unveiled very last December 2020, the Philippines’ Grade 4 learners scored the least expensive out of 58 international locations.

Filipino pupils scored an ordinary of 297 in Math and 249 in Science, way underneath the very low intercontinental benchmark of 400. In the meantime, Singapore, which received the highest regular in both equally Grade 4 assessments, scored 625 in Math and 595 in Science.

“Our financial state proper now is extremely largely technical based mostly – centered on science, based mostly on new specialized innovations. That’s why we have to master the technologies, how to boost them, and how to utilize them here in the Philippines. We need the expertise,” Marcos reported.

Commercialized instruction

The Philippines is recognised for the export of its skills, which is mirrored in the insurance policies applied in the education and learning program.

The Aquino administration even included two yrs of senior substantial faculty in utilizing K-12 to create “globally competitive” Filipinos.

In accordance to independent believe tank IBON Foundation, the theory of education as a appropriate of Filipinos has been replaced by a long time of market-based logic that treats instruction as “commodity to be marketed.”

In 2017, the Philippine Stats Authority (PSA) located that 50% of Filipino people have at minimum a person member who did not finish primary education and learning. This was further aggravated by the ongoing pandemic which has pressured all Filipino students to length studying.

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