With parents playing a bigger role this upcoming school year as the Department of Education (DepEd) pushes for ‘blended’ learning, the government agency reveals plans to train them so they can better supervise their children’s learning at home.
The ‘blended’ learning program that the DepEd seeks to implement means more home schooling that face-to-face learning in schools. This is part of the plan to keep learners and teachers safe from COVID-19 as this will minimize contact.
But with this new method of learning comes various challenges, particularly because most parents are not adept in teaching their children. A lot of parents have always depended on teachers to teach their children all lessons. Many don’t even help with their children’s assignments.
So, what happens if ‘blended’ learning will take effect and parents will have to be their children’s primary teacher at home?
“We expect partnership with, for example, the homeschoolers’ associations. Naikasa na namin ‘yan para magkaroon ng orientation activities ang mga magulang,” explained Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali.
He said that the training will help parents take on a ‘bigger role’ in their children’s learning, while the kids can’t be physically in school.
“Mayroon pong mga module po sila talaga na tukoy na tukoy ‘yong mga competency, na dapat mayroon ang ating mga magulang para maging ‘yong tinatawag nilang effective learning facilitators,” Umali added.
While the training would likely be a crash course on teaching as well as understanding the learning competencies that parents should expect from their children-students, the DepEd hopes that this will address the problem of parents being unsure of what to teach their children during the ‘blended’ learning program.
With the school year set to start on August 24, public schools across the Philippines have already started accepting enrollees. However, several lawmakers are still pushing for the postponement of classes until a vaccine or cure is developed.
So far, the Senate has approved on the third and final reading a bill that will allow the president to move the opening of classes beyond August during emergencies and calamities.