Report on 40K ‘non-reader’ pupils in Bicol alarms solon

February 23, 2020

A House leader has expressed deep concern over the report that almost 40,000 Bicol students who have trouble reading and understanding what they read. 

A series of tests given by the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil-IRI) showed that the reading comprehension and ability to read verbally and silently of several Grade 3 to 6 students of Region V are subpar. 

House Assistant Minority Leader and ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Niña Taduran called on the government to create children’s reading laboratories and set up more public libraries to encourage and teach the children how to read and comprehend what they read. 

Taduran said classrooms with the proper reading tools should also be built. 

“We should also give the teachers the proper equipment to help their students read better,” said Taduran. 

She expressed belief that what the students need is support in order to raise their reading skills. 

The initial, unvalidated report, showed that 70,000 Bicol students from Grades 3 to 6 are struggling readers. 

The Department of Education Region V office clarified that based on the validated data, some 20,587 out of the 315,161 Grades 4 to 6 students who took the English test, and 18,143 out of the 336,849 Grades 3 to 6 students who took the Filipino test are struggling readers.