Filipino students, without chairs and desks, at a high school in Manila. Photo: AFP

Philippines’ dismal Pisa scores spark soul-searching over state of education

  • Filipino children ranked last in reading and second to last in maths and science in an international survey
  • For the average student, education is a struggle that pits him or her against poverty, bullying, overcrowded classrooms, and even hunger
Topic |   The Philippines

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Filipino students, without chairs and desks, at a high school in Manila. Photo: AFP
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.