Since 2006, most regions in the country have consistently flunked in ensuring that all children who enroll in primary schools will be able to reach Grade VI.
Under the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), the target set for the Philippines is to reach an elementary education cohort survival rate (EECSR) of 84.67 percent by 2015. This means that by next year, almost 85 percent of all Filipino children enrolled in elementary should reach Grade VI.
Latest available data from the government show that the Philippines has so far failed to reach said target.
The country’s average EECSR from 2006 to 2011 was recorded at 74.77 percent. This means that one-fourth of pupils who had enrolled in elementary -- both in public and private schools – failed to reach Grade VI.
Among the country’s 17 regions, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has the worst average elementary education survival rate. Only four in every 10 elementary students reach Grade VI in the ARMM.
In SY 2006-2007, only 33.9 percent of elementary students in the ARMM were able to reach Grade VI. The percentage rose to 45.47 in SY 2007-2008, decreased to 40.75 in SY 2008-2009, further dropped to 38.92 in SY 2009-2010 before slightly increasing to 40.69 in SY 2010-2011.
The region with the second lowest elementary education survival rate is Region IX or Western Mindanao where an average of six in every 10 elementary students reach Grade VI.
In SY 2006-2007, only 59.96 percent of elementary students in Region IX reached the last grade. The percentage increased to 61.98 in SY 2007-2008; decreased to 61.12 percent in SY 2008-2009; slightly rose to 61.74 in SY 2009-2010; before declining again to 60.93 in SY 2010-2011.
Since 2006, only one to two regions were able to reach the MDG target. In SY 2006-2007, only the National Capital Region (NCR) met and surpassed the target with an elementary education survival rate of 89.71 percent.
In SY 2007-2008, it was only the NCR again that reached and exceeded the target with a survival rate of 87.84 percent.
IN SY 2008-2009, the NCR, with a survival rate of 87.51 percent, was joined by Region I or the Ilocos Region with a rate of 86.70 percent.
In SY 2009-2010, the NCR failed to reach the MDG target after its survival rate decreased to 82.33 percent. It was replaced by Region IV-A or the Calabarzon Region with a rate of 86.96 percent.
In SY 2010-2011, the NCR again was the only region in the Philippines that was able to meet the MDG target with a survival rate of 85.82 percent.
SOURCE: Map data on elementary education cohort survival rate from the 2013 Philippine Statistical Year Book by the National Statistics Coordination Board