Students in some parts of the country might get their lessons via ICT Platforms like television and radio next school year if travel in their area remains restricted due to the threat of COVID-19. This is based on the interview of DZMM to Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.
The opening of the school year 2020-2021 “does not mean necessarily that students will be coming to school”, the DepEd Undersecretary said.
“Kundi, malamang ay multi-modal ito dahil base sa mga forecast at projections na nakikita natin, itong full containment ng COVID-19 ay hindi magiging madali globally,” he told DZMM.
(Instead, this will likely be multi-modal because based on the forecasts and projections we are seeing, the full containment of COVID-19 won’t be easy globally.)
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“Sa mga lugar na hindi posible ang classroom-based instruction, tinitingnan natin itong ICT (information and communication technology) platforms saka ang telebisyon, radyo,” he added.
(In areas where classroom-based instruction is not possible, we are looking at ICT platforms, as well as television and radio.)
The Department of Education (DepEd) will announce the schedule of the opening of the school year “within the week”, said Malaluan.
The DepEd will also present to an inter-agency task force on COVID in the first week of May the results of their Survey on the preferred teaching platform of students and schools, he said.
Lessons via ICT platforms might not be as good as the face-to-face lessons, but in this situation, this might be the best option to keep our teachers and learners safe from this pandemic, while promoting the continuity of learning. Distant learning may bring an array of convenience at a time where face-to-face interaction is highly discouraged. Still, it also has limitations that need to be taken into consideration, especially its accessibility.
Luzon, home to about half of the country’s 100 million people, is on lockdown until April 30 to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Source: ABS-CBN News
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