Another factor could be the parents’ lack of interest in how theirchildren were faring in school, said Bermejo. Frustration reading level is a stage where “readers find readingmaterials so difficult that they cannot successfully respond to them.” According to Bermejo, majority of the frustration level readers inIloilo were between Grade 1 and Grade 6. In the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory Manual – a readingassessment tool of the Department of Education (DepEd) – there are threereading levels. These are the frustration level, instructional level andindependent level. How? The family’s socioeconomic status may also be a factor, saidBermejo. Learners from poor families were likely to miss classes more often tohelp their parents make a living. ILOILO – In this province which has almost half a millionlearners, an estimated 42,000 from kindergarten to high school are considered“frustration level” readers. “They can recognize some words but they lackcomprehension,” according to Dr. Roel Bermejo, superintendent of the IloiloSchools Division. “Posible indimatutokan sang teacher ang mga kabataanilabi pa kon madamo sila sa classroom,” said Defensor./PN Some of these learners may be special children with special needsbut enrolled in regular classes. Under the instructional reading level, readers profit the mostfrom teacher-directed instruction in reading while under the independentreading level, readers function on their own with almost perfect oral readingand excellent comprehension. DepEd’s goal is to improve the reading comprehension of these learners. There are 987 public elementary schools and 179 public secondaryschools in the province. READING BLUES. Majority of the frustration level readers in Iloilo are between Grade 1 and Grade 6. Some of these learners may be special children with special needs. The family’s socioeconomic status may also be a factor. Learners from poor families are likely to miss classes more often to help their parents make a living. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said the provincial government is readyto help the Iloilo Schools Division improve the reading comprehension oflearners such as getting more remedial reading teachers. There were many factors why this was so, he stressed. He also did not discount the possibility that overcrowding inclassrooms may also be a factor in the poor reading comprehension of learners. The frustration level readers must become instructional levelreaders and eventually independent level readers. According to Bermejo, they are starting with the teachers both inelementary and high school – they are being trained how to conduct remedialreading classes.