Mayor urges teachers, parents to work for students’ good NAT result

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Aug 17 (PIA) — The mayor of Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur urged Department of Education (DepEd) supervisors, principals and teachers to confer with parents for good results on the National Achievement Test (NAT).

Mayor Amado Tadena said these conferences will strategize techniques on helping children on their school work.

Results from recent NATs show that overall performance of the different schools in the municipality is not good. Currently, there are two public high schools, one private high school and 23 public elementary schools in the municipality.

Tadena has also instructed teachers to monitor health condition of pupils in their classrooms.

Citing the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Supplementary Feeding Program in day-care centers, the mayor said brain development occurs during early childhood.

He said children need to eat regular meals and they should not skip eating breakfast because nutrition is one factor that affects school performance.

Despite the dismal performance, Tadena acknowledged Sived Elementary School for getting highest rating at 80.55 percent among schools in the first district of Ilocos Sur.

The school was rewarded with one unit of computer.

“I challenge the rest of the schools to exert more efforts to improve their performance for 2012 NAT exams,” Tadena said.

The NAT, which is administered by DepEd, is designed to determine the students’ academic strengths and weakness through five key major subjects: Mathematics, Science, English, Filipino; and Hekasi (Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Sibika) for elementary and Araling Panlipunan in high school.

Ratings obtained from NAT measure the school’s competency and effectiveness as well as the students’ aptitude and mastery towards the basic learning areas. (ANL/NOA-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)

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