ILOILO CITY, March 27 (PNA)-– The city government here starts an intervention program for both private and public schools in this city for the 2015 national achievement test (NAT).

In a meeting with the Iloilo City School Board held Wednesday, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said a special budget will be set aside to finance the seminar workshop of school principals of about 65 city elementary and high schools slated in July.

The workshop training will be held right after the results of another NAT held this month be released in July this year.

Mabilog said the interventions will also include participation of parents. Similarly, the Synerhiya Foundation will also fund the conduct of daily and weekend reviews of the NAT in city schools.

Mabilog said the low score results of NAT in 2013 is a wake up call for the schools and parents to work together to develop and encourage their children to study. NAT is an assessment test of students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 and the 4th year students in secondary schools.

The city chief executive said that he was informed the 2013 NAT results is higher in public schools here than in private schools despite the presence of tertiary schools like the University of Philippines High School, Philippine Science High School, and other private schools known for high level of teaching.

The NAT 2012-2013 results showed that Iloilo City schools have the lowest scores compared to 17 other schools divisions in Western Visayas. The scores showed Grade 3 pupils’ mean percentage scores was 39.89 percent while the Grade 6 pupils notched 52.89 percent. Fourth year high school students got 49.74 mean percentage score.(PNA)