Inquiry into high failure rate in civil service exam urged

THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the College of Higher Education (CHED) should look into the high mortality rate in last October civil service examinations where 84,809 examinees flunked.

Out of 97,099 who took the test, a dismal 12.66 percent or only 12,290 examinees passed.

Civil service examinations are held from time to time throughout the country for those who want to join government service.

The CSC has attributed the high failure rate to the inability of examinees to pass all parts of the exam that mostly deal with analytical and mathematical skills.

This does not speak well of our educational system that produces graduates who based on CS test results were not trained how to think and analyze problems well.

Lazy college professors and school teachers who require their students to memorize a lot instead of training them to think and analyze through problem-solving or exercises could be the culprit.

If that is proven then our educators should start reexamination of the country’s method of teaching and bear away from memorization as a means of imparting knowledge to our youth because it is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.

A congressional inquiry in aid of legislation is also in order.

People’s trust and confidence in Aquino govt remains high

Despite the rising cost of living many Filipinos have remained hopeful that material blessings are coming their way as government fight against corruption gains ground in the on-going sensational inquiry into purported corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

This show of unwavering support, trust and confidence of the citizenry to President Aquino and his administration as evidenced by the results latest survey amazes us.

This brings us to the issue of how the Aquino government is responding to people’s high expectation. This is what we gathered off hand:

•    The country’s merchandize exports after eight months of Aquino presidency jumped 34 percent to $51.4 billion in 2010, according to National Statistics Office.

•    The domestic economy regained momentum in the final quarter of 2010, pushing gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 7.3 percent, the fastest pace since 1986, when democracy was restored in the country.

•    The Bureau of Customs nets P20.2 billion in January, second highest monthly record in bureau’s history.

The performance augured well for the bureau, which is tasked to collect P320 billion this year.

Singing President receives thunderous applause

The best proof that President Benigno Aquino III is in control of the situation in the country is his ability to croon and joke around with close relatives and friends who attended the advance birthday party of his youngest sister Kris Aquino Saturday night at her condominium unit in Makati City.

News report has it that without too much prodding from Kris who emceed her own party, the President sang “Fallin,’’ a song from the musical “They are Playing Our Song”. PNoy reportedly also sang one of his favorite love songs “Somewhere Down the Road’’.

Aquino who arrived at the party alone, received thunderous applause from some 50 guests after singing his first song. Kris celebrated her 40th birthday Monday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.-Cornelio de Guzman

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