70,000 Bicol pupils can’t read – DepEd

Michael B. Jaucian | Philippine Daily Inquirer

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines — More than 70,000 elementary students in Bicol cannot read in both English and Filipino, according to the Department of Education (DepEd), citing initial results of a 2019 study.

Of this number, 18,143 are pupils in Grades 3 to 6, data released by Grace Rabelas, education supervisor for curriculum and learning management division of DepEd Bicol, showed.

Rabelas said the rest of what she called “nonreaders” were in Grades 1 to 2.

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