Basic Education Report 2023 unveils major challenges facing Philippine schools

Basic Education Report 2023 unveils major challenges facing Philippine schools

Basic Education Report 2023 highlights major challenges facing Philippine schools, including a lack of facilities, declining enrollment in private schools, and poor learning outcomes. 

The Vice President and Education Secretary of the Philippines, Sara Duterte, has presented the latest report on the country's basic education system, titled the "Basic Education Report (BER) 2023". The report highlights the current challenges the Department of Education (DepEd) faces in delivering quality education to over 28 million students studying in public schools across the country.

The lack of school facilities and resources is the most pressing issue confronting the Philippine basic education system. The country currently has 327,851 school buildings, with only 104,536 in good condition. Another 100,072 require minor repairs, 89,252 require major repairs, and 21,727 are on the verge of being condemned. 

Schools must also be equipped to deal with natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, flooding, and armed conflicts.

Procurement practices were also identified as a challenge, requiring transparency and accountability throughout the process.

Basic Education Report 2023

Sa pangunguna ni Vice President and Department of Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte, samahan ang buong Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ngayong araw sa Basic Education Report (BER) 2023. Iuulat sa BER 2023 ang kasalukuyang estado ng basic education, napapanahong mga isyu, at implementasyon ng mga programang pang-edukasyon ng Kagawaran. #BER2023 #MATATAG #DepEdPhilippines #DepEdTayo

Posted by DepEd Philippines on Sunday, January 29, 2023

Concerns were raised about enrollment and learner data, with declining enrollment figures in private schools and more than 1,600 private schools closing their doors between 2020 and 2022. There is also a disparity in the number of elementary and secondary schools in the country, raising concerns about educational inclusivity.

The report also discussed curriculum and employability challenges. The curriculum content is crowded, and some critical learning competencies must be included. The K–12 curricula assessment revealed inadequate teaching methods for addressing 21st-century skills.

According to the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), 81% of Filipino learners struggle with basic math problems, reading comprehension, and scientific understanding, according to the report.

The Vice President emphasized the importance of everyone working together to address basic education challenges with courage and commitment. The Basic Education Report 2023 serves as a wake-up call to the nation to improve its basic education system.


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