The Department of Education is implementing various intervention programs to provide support to Filipino children falling behind in reading and writing.
The Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP) will first measure the reading proficiency level in both English and Filipino of public elementary students.
The results of the assessment tool will serve as a basis for designing appropriate interventions at the school, division, regional and national levels to enable every child to read and write at his grade level.
According to DepEd, ECARP aims to equip elementary pupils in public schools with strategic reading and writing skills to make them independent young readers and writers.
The intervention program includes Reading Recovery (RR) which will give students who are lagging behind in reading and writing a chance to catch up through specialized one-to-one reading assistance from a teacher trained in RR procedures, DepEd said in a statement.
The program will also generate a Philippine World List in English, an inventory of frequently used words in English textbooks, for vocabulary development.
Recognizing the importance of reading as a foundation of learning, DepEd said it has allotted P21 million this year to finance the intervention program.
ECARP is also part of the ten-point education agenda of President Benigno Aquino III to ensure that the country’s public schools produce graduates who are equipped for further learning, the statement said.
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