4 March 2020

We call on the whole of government — Department of Education (DepEd), Congress, Senate — to continue the Philippines’ participation in the 2021 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

While the 2018 PISA served as much-needed diagnosis, the next PISA and other international large-scale student assessments will help us track our progress. They will inform existing and future reforms, particularly, the DepEd’s laudable rallying cry of Sulong Edukalidad and its push for improvement in aspects like curriculum, teacher quality, learning spaces, and community engagement.

Our first participation in PISA afforded us increased interest towards quality education. Let us ride that initial momentum to bring Philippine education to better heights. Participation in the 2021 PISA will keep us on track towards our concerted effort for world-class education for all Filipino children.