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Teachers need to know how to read

The Executive Director of the Dominican Institute for Research and Evaluation of the Quality of Education (IDEICE), Julio Leonardo Valeiron, says that the low level of knowledge of math and reading among teachers in public elementary schools is a cause for concern.

Valeiron was speaking at the opening of the International Congress on Challenges in Education in the 21st Century and said that a study by the Teaching School at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) showed that although most sixth grade students know how to read words, their comprehension skills are low.

He went on to say that in an IDEICE study of mathematical knowledge levels among teachers at elementary school level, 65% of those tested obtained scores of less than 65%. “And that is what the teacher should be teaching, not what the teacher should know,” said Valeiron. He said that if the teachers were tested on what they should know, the scores would be even lower.

During the three-day congress, Valeiron spoke of the importance of having competent teachers, the most important element of education.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

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