/ 5 November 2021

THE PHILIPPINES got a five-star rating from the United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund for its readiness to deliver remote learning amid the pandemic.

Out of the 67 nations analyzed, the Philippines was one of only four countries that received a five-star rating across all levels in basic education.

According to the UNICEF study Ensuring Equal Access to Education in Future Crises: Findings of the New Remote Learning Readiness Index, the Philippines, alongside Argentina, Barbados, and Jamaica, had “efficient policy responses supported by high emergency preparedness and existence of household factors that support remote learning.”

The Department or Education thanked Unicef for its citation.

“In this international recognition, we credit our teachers, parents, partners, learners, and other stakeholders for ensuring that learning opportunities shall be available to all Filipino children and showing the Bayanihan spirit in the realization of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan,” it said in a statement.

“Through our united efforts, we managed to support the education of more than 27 million learners while prioritizing their health and safety amidst the pandemic,” it added.

“Nonetheless, we also took note of the study’s recommendation in improving the curriculum and addressing learning gaps. The Department, together with our various partners, is continuously developing strategies to solve these familiar issues also encountered by other countries,” the agency added.