School year 2020-2021 is slated to start on August 24, but there is still a lot that needs to be done in terms of preparations for the teachers and learners.
Since the Department of Education (DepEd) had long announced that the school year will consist mostly of blended or online learning, a lot of parents continue to express apprehension that they might not be able to teach their children due to a number of reasons.
Enrollment is down both in public and private schools as parents remain unsure of how this school year will be implemented. Many parents don’t even have the capability to buy uniforms and school supplies for their kids; thus, purchasing gadgets for online school becomes a burden to them.
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Understanding many parents’ concern regarding the blended learning plan, the DepEd mulls opening limited face-to-face classes but only in areas under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) classification.
As Education Secretary Leonor Briones insisted that classes would have to start on August 24, she pointed out that other Southeast Asian countries have also adopted the blended learning system, keeping face-to-face classes to a minimum.
“The students can access learning materials online, on radio or on television. If they don’t have all of the above, we have what we call IBM or ‘It’s Better Manual,’” the Education Secretary said.
The DepEd, through Sec. Briones, raised the possibility of face-to-face classes in areas under MGCQ, citing a lot of parents’ concerns regarding such classes to be done at their locality.
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Considering that many areas are under MGCQ but the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, however, National Task Force Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. issues a warning to the Education department.
According to Galvez, before the DepEd allows limited face-to-face classes, they should first “check the configurations and proper implementation of minimum health standards in a school”. Only then can an individual school be allowed to do face-to-face classes.