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PIA Press Release
2007/09/24

Capiz studes cited by GMA for NAT feat

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (24 September) -- More than 12,000 Grade VI pupils in Capiz took the National Achievement Test (NAT) conducted nationwide last March.

Capiz Division NAT Coordinator Shirley de Juan disclosed that of the 13,131 Grade VI pupils in Capiz in school year 2006-2007, 12,796 pupils or 97 percent took said examination undertaken by the Department of Education.

Of the 421 elementary schools in the province, 301 schools were tested, de Juan said, pointing out that other schools are still catering primary education, that is, for grades I to IV.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was recently elated over the outstanding performance of Grade VI pupils in the NAT last March.

The results of said examination show that 1.6 million Grade VI pupils from about 30,000 public elementary schools obtained a mean percentage score (MPS) of 59.94 percent, or 5.28 percent higher than the 2 percent increase envisioned by the DepEd's Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE).

The children's good performance in Mathematics, Science and English has impressed the President.

Capiz Division ranked 4th among other schools division in Western Visayas with an MPS of 61.05, de Juan said.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus described the NAT as a breakthrough in the DepEd's campaign to improve and deliver the quality of education in public schools.

Lapus revealed that the test-takers notched a 12.36 percent improvement in Math, 10.28 percent in Science and 12.45 percent in English subjects compared to last year's MPS. (PIA) [top]

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