Puentevella urges ‘education revolution’

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella urged educators to start an “education revolution” to uplift the quality of learning in the city that will equip the youth enough knowledge to face a more competitive future.

At the 1st Bacolod City Education Summit on Monday, the mayor challenged teachers, principals and education supervisors to open their minds and look deeply into the current situation of the city’s education system.

“I challenge each of us to start an education revolution to change the way we do things,” Puentevella, chairman of the Local School Board, said when he delivered the city’s State of Education Report before the participants at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel.

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Quoting freedom icon Nelson Mandela, he described education as “the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

In his report, Puentevella noted several “valuable insights” on the current performance of public elementary and high school students in Bacolod in the 2012-2013 National Achievement Test (NAT).

Based on the results, the city’s overall Mean Percentage Score (MPS) for Grade Six is at 55.10 percent while Fourth Year students had an overall average of 50.23 percent.

The mayor added that elementary pupils in Bacolod continue to struggle in Mathematics with an MPS of 48.28 percent; Science, 51.96 percent; and Hekasi, 52.94 percent. Average scores were seen in English at 60.66 percent and Filipino, 61.4 percent.

Similar results were seen among high schools students with only a 37 percent MPS in Science and in Critical Thinking, 37.45 precent. Mathematics is below par at 44.19 percent MPS average. Median scores were posted in English, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan at 52.63 percent, 59.59 percent, and 61 percent respectively.

Despite these alarming figures, Puentevella said he is optimistic that the 75 percent MPS passing goal set by the Department of Education can be achieved by students in Bacolod.

“There is an urgent need for us to go back to the drawing board and assess our interventions especially in Mathematics, Science and English. I can see that part of the solution is already right in front of us. We just have to know the problem and accept that we are all involved, both as contributors to the problem as well as the means to fix it,” the mayor added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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