FOR educators in a classroom milieu, there can be nothing more frustrating than students failing to learn what they should within the period that they must. If one asks the students, they will probably blame the teacher for not being able to competently impart the lessons. The teacher will probably raise the students’ capacity to comprehend the issue. To be sure, there are other components for learning to take place. At the very least, for education to set in, it takes three to tango: the teacher, the student and the school facilities.

No less than Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte reiterated survey results that found the “low academic proficiency of Filipino students,” as The Diplomat reports. She laments the abject lack of school facilities and infrastructure that could have provided an environment conducive to learning. She also blames the “back-breaking and time-consuming administrative tasks” that saddle the professional growth of teachers in public schools. She now bats for curriculum reforms, the hastening of the delivery of (educational) services, harnessing support for teachers and elevating the students’ well-being.

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