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.
The Private Sector Commission (PSC) is once again calling on Government to convene an extra-parliamentary meeting to address the establishment of the Public Procurement and Integrity Commissions.The PSC said it was time an end was brought to procrastination on such matters, noting that both Government and the political Opposition need to give effect to the promises they made for the setting up of the Commissions.It said failure to so do would create an all-time lack of interest by society in politics on a whole.The PSC was speaking directly to the long delay in the establishment of the Public Procurement and the Integrity Commissions.According to the PSC, there must be compromise on both sides as those Commissions are not political institutions but are meant to add to transparency and accountability.It said good civil society members (regardless of how they are regarded politically) should be placed on these Commissions.The Private Sector body said the failure to establish the entities posed a threat to legitimate business activities, created unfair business-to-business competition and was most certainly the reason why some legitimate businesses could not stand up to new competition.Meanwhile, the Commission also called on Government to fully operationalise the Financial Intelligence Unit and to equip the entity with the necessary personnel to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.PPCs are usually made up of Government and Opposition parliamentarians, and traditionally chaired by an Opposition member of the House.Government itself had come under fire for failing to establish the PPC earlier; a promise it made in its manifesto. The absence of the PPC had caused even more outrage against Government, particularly because of its move to carry out a number of forensic audits at State entities across Guyana without carrying the requisite tendering process.