School officials in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental cited a significant improvement in the academic performance of students in public elementary schools. This came in the wake of the implementation of the Educational Television (ETV) Project in the towns of Villanueva and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental under the auspices of STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI).
“We note a significant increase in concept comprehension and retention due to attractive visuals, dramatization and concrete illustration of the concepts” says Delma Masion, school administrator of Don Fernando Jacinto Elementary School, one of the project beneficiaries.
“Students obtained higher scores in quizzes and majority of them got almost perfect scores in evaluative tests. Results of the periodical tests increased by 10% and students’ proficiency in the Filipino language also improved” Masion added.
In an impact study conducted by ABS-CBN Foundation, there is a direct correlation between the academic performance improvement and the integration of the ETV.
In Don Fernando Jacinto ES which has a population of about 400 students, the number of slow learners decreased by 75 students while the number of average students increased by 108, and the fast learners by 39.
School attendance also improved while absenteeism and cutting classes were minimized. Students were also able to relate the concepts viewed in the episodes to their lessons in Math, Science and Makabayan. While viewing “Math-tinik”, students solve the mathematical problems presented in the show. Children also were having fun while learning. Longer attention span was also noted.
Students likewise talked about the episodes even outside the classroom, during recess, lunch breaks and even dismissal time. They became more attentive, disciplined and highly interested in Science and Math concepts.
Villanueva Schools District Supervisor Aida Cayabas noted that with the ETV project, teachers have also become more motivated. “Teachers also learn from the episodes. Through the use of ETV, they become more creative with their lesson planning. ” she added.
The ETV project also enabled teachers to upgrade their knowledge and skills in teaching math and science. They need not have to continue shelling out money to buy and prepare visual aids and other supplementary materials.
Seven (7) public elementary schools in Tagoloan and Villanueva have benefitted from the project. The ETV set comes with a 29-inch television, a DVD player and 460 educational TV episodes developed by the ABS-CBN Foundation. Teachers of recipient schools were also trained to integrate the ETV approach in the classroom learning system.
About PhP 0.7 million have been earmarked by Steag for this purpose, benefitting about 3,000 students mostly coming from depressed communities. The project is a component of the Social Development Program (SDP) which the company has been implementing for its host communities in Misamis Oriental.