Status and Prospects of Science and Mathematics Education in the Philippines

Topics: Curriculum, Education, Philippines Pages: 24 (4532 words) Published: October 16, 2014
INTRODUCTION
Science and Mathematics, two core subjects’ students must learn as foundation for the whole learning experience they’re going to have for almost a quarter of their life. Since education came into our country in the 1500s, Science and Mathematics (S&M) has gone a long way. And for the past several years, pupils of our country in a DepEd statement clarified that science had not been taught separately in Grades 1 and 2 since the 1980's, and that rudimentary science concepts were embedded in such subjects as languages and mathematics.

The government is stepping up its efforts to upgrade the quality of Science and Mathematics (S&M) education in the country. S&M education has been facing a number of challenges these past decades, including curriculum change. A study by the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development of the University of the Philippines in 2007 reported that “A review of the math and science curricula in elementary and high school showed that topics are compartmentalized, inquiry is not encouraged, contents are overcrowded, concepts are by rote, and topics are repetitive.”

This paper will discuss the present status of Science and Mathematics in our country, plans in further development of educating students, and the comparison of our curriculum to nearby countries. Status and Prospects of Science and Mathematics Education in the Philippines

Upgrading the quality of education has been a major concern of high ranking officials of the government and the field personnel’s alike for decades now and it seems that we hasn’t shown light for fruit of their endeavors.

The DepEd Central office claims a tremendous flop in education in this country based on her interpretation of the 1925 Monroe Survey which is the 1st comprehensive survey on Philippine education, this survey showed the following results: “low level of students achievement, teaching qualifications, educational facilities, centralization and lack of adaptation of education to the needs of the Filipino people were the main causes of low achievement level”. Worth quoting is that the same is true up to these days. And it is worth noting also that this is just one of the many surveys in history starting the flop in education system. And, with that premise alone. Can anyone be surprised on what we are going to find out now regarding the status of the Science Education in the Philippines?

Bro. Armin Luistro ESC. Said: “I do not think it will be a mistake or it will be fairly easy to claim that the Philippine education is in crisis”, Nilo A. Colinares (2010). Bold statement as it is, but it reflects how education go about in this country.

Nowadays there still exist efforts for the Philippine government regarding the upgrading of Science and Mathematics education; “The government is stepping up its efforts to upgrade the quality of Science and Mathematics (S&M) education in the country. For next school year, the Department of Education is focusing on selected public elementary and secondary schools in Mindanao. Funding has been allocated for the purchase of S&M instructional materials and devices, and the conduct of teacher training.”, (Tempo.com.ph), claimed procurement is merely claimed procurement. We, the field teachers do not feel its existence.

But what really is the problem of the education system in the country? As have been discussed so far there are gargantuan efforts coming from the national government in improving such; Let us go to the details of this matter.

Through the years, Science and Mathematics education in the Philippines has undergone modification and been further strengthened to attune it to the changing environment and keep up with the latest developments in the field, as well as to develop “scientific and numeral literacy” among the Filipinos which aims to enable them to participate actively and effectively in modern society.

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Bibliography: 1. Books
The Constitutions of the Philippines, 2005, ANVIL PUBLISHING INC., Pasig City, Philippines
Aamodt, Michael G. (1996). Applied Educational Psychology, (2nd edition). Pacific Grove, CA: Brook/Cole. Page 141.
Katey Mairs et. Al.(1994), Young Children Learning through schemas, Routledge publications, London, page 5.
Jerome S. Bruner (1985). Actual Minds, Possible Worlds, Harvard University Press, 79 Garden Street Cambridge, MA, page 79.
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3. Newspapers
Rainier Allan Ronda, September 24, 2011, DepEd boosts science education, The Philippine Star, Mandaluyong City Philippines.
Editorial: New curriculum to improve math, science education, The Philippine Star, arch 11, 2011 issue.
Philip Tubeza (2009), More Filipino Teachers off to jobs abroad, The Philippine Daily Inquirer June 26, 2009 issue.
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