[accessed 2019 Dec 5]. DepEd also faces a challenge in terms of the quality of its textbooks. With these limitations in science teaching, one cannot help but wonder how our countrymen perceive science. The inadequacies and weakness of science teaching were recognized as those relating to undertrained teachers, the inadequate science curriculum in schools and colleges, the minimum time allotted to science, lack of books, equipment and teaching aids. If you’re part of the majority of the population that went through their elementary education in a public school like me, you would easily recall the atmosphere of such an environment. It simply boils down to questioning everything around us. - No science course was offered in grade 1 to 4 elementary level. The entire project was supported throughout a 5-year period (1969-1974) by several agencies: UNICEF, UNESCO, Ford Foundation and U.S Peace Corps by financial and man power support (consultants, advisers, volunteers). Now customize the name of a clipboard to store your clips. https://www.bworldonline.com/phl-lags-in-global-education-survey/. In Torrijos, Marinduque, the situation of “sick books” is nothing new. In terms of physics, you would probably just imagine blackboard full of equations and symbols, with Albert Einstein patiently and painstakingly trying to make you understand them. I always thought that even the simple lesson of introducing such glassware and demonstrating how to use them would be really exciting. We can still improve our textbooks and learning materials. In the National Capital Region, the ratio improved with three laboratories for every 10 schools; however, the findings showed that the rest of the regions did not have any science laboratories. Many teachers have reported that the books are obsolete and flooded with errors. 2015 Sep 14. When you hear the word ‘science’, what comes to mind? Cruz MJS dela. With this in mind, the current situation of STEM education in the Philippines proves that we have a long road ahead of us. 4. https://businessmirror.com.ph/of-aging-farmers-and-food-security/. Science Education Center. The Philippines is still a developing country; however, that’s not a classification that one should be ashamed of. http://www.manilatimes.net/deped-to-hire-more-math-science-teachers/286207/. The average Filipino who does not work in a science-related industry has likely never related the concept to his or her everyday life. We did this two to three times a week, alongside the signature “shh” sounds that the monitor makes in order to prevent the class from being too noisy. Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later. Children were more familiar with temperate zone flora and fauna than with tropical ones. All of these things in our classroom created the impression that our science classes were good and fun, but that’s not how it works. Our country stopped participating in the survey in 2008, perhaps after getting such lackluster scores. Looks like you’ve clipped this slide to already. These shortages are the lacks of books, equipment and teaching aids. In 2016, DepEd secretary Leonor Briones stressed the need to hire more teachers with the implementation of the K to 12 program, which created 36,641 free teaching posts. [accessed 2018 Mar 26]. SCIENCE As a child, I really wondered why we never used them. It was thought by the BSCS was most suitable for Philippine schools rather than other version which are the yellow and blue emphasized the cellular and molecular (chemical). http://opinion.inquirer.net/102324/science-ed-thinking-society. Our teacher always explained that these items were ‘fragile’ and not suitable for children’s use. Filipino students had the lowest mean score in reading comprehension (340 points, below the 487-point survey average). Would it be any better if we just let such resources collect dust on the shelves? Unlike most of my batchmates who endured the agony of staying in bland classrooms, my section’s classrooms through the years were actually good. Not just science discussed in textbooks and observed in laboratories, but science in everyday life; science that is evident in how we handle all of our tasks and decisions.