MANILA - The results of the National Achievement Test (NAT) held in 2009 indicates a "steady" improvement in primary education in the country's public school system, the Department of Education said Thursday.
The DepEd, in a statement released Thursday, reported a 21.36 percentage increase from 2006 to 2009 in the NAT results.
“The investments we poured in to improve learning outcomes are now giving dividends,” Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said in a statement.
Lapus added that the 2009 NAT showed a mark improvement in Mean Percentage Score (MPS) of only 66.33 percent from 54.66 percent in 2006 or an improvement of 11.67%.
Percentage gains were also noted in all subject areas from 2006 to 2009 with Mathematics (28.02%) and Science (27.50%) having the biggest improvement.
“The improvements we see in the performance of our students are the fruits of the commitment and hard work of all stakeholders in education --- the whole DepEd family, the community and the private sector,” Lapus explained.
NAT is an annual examination administered to public and private school students throughout the country to determine their achievement level, strengths and weaknesses in key subject areas. It covered English, Science, Math, Filipino and HEKASI (Heograpiya, Kasaysayan, Sibika) with 40 test items each for a total of 200 test items.
This year, the NAT was taken by some 1.76 million pupils from 31,196 public and 2,386 private elementary schools nationwide.
From 2006-2009, the education department said it has put more resources on human resource development especially on teacher training programs.
DepEd has embarked on intervention programs aimed at improving key performance indicators in basic education, including the Every Child a Reader Program, teacher trainings, priority in hiring teachers who have majored in Math, Science and English, provision of one book each for every student in core subjects, and food for school.
Some P12 billion worth of private sector assistance have been coursed through Adopt-A-School since it was re-launched by Lapus in 2006.
Lapus will award pupils, schools, divisions, and regions which showed top performance in the examination given by the department in 2009.
The awarding of NAT 2009 top achievers will be held at the SEAMEO INNOTECH in Quezon City.