DepEd: Quality distance education for the upcoming school year.
The Department of Education (DepEd) assured that they will intensify their efforts to ensure that “accessible and quality distance education” will be delivered this coming school year.
In a recent online press conference, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones was asked how the alternative delivery modes of learning such as online learning will affect the overall quality of education in the country.
“I cannot guarantee a 100-percent increase in quality,” Secretary Briones answered.
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“What I can guarantee is 100- to 200-percent effort that we are trying to meet the requirements needed and that we’re doing what we can,” she added.
Briones assured that the DepEd officials and personnel are “working tirelessly” to ensure that the quality of education will not be compromised even if schools utilized the non-traditional modes of learning delivery.
The agency was forced to move the school opening for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 from June to August this year. This was after the consultations to DepEd officials, partner organizations and other stakeholders including teachers, parents and learners.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the recommendation of DepEd on the opening of classes.
“The opening of classes for the basic education shall be on 24 August 2020 and ending on 30 April 2021,” Briones confirmed. “No face-to-face classes will be allowed earlier than August 24 and from August 24, face-to-face learning shall only be allowed when the local risk severity grading permits, and subject to compliance with minimum health standards,” she added.
DepEd Secretary Briones also said that DepEd will be adopting a multi-modal approach in delivering education to ensure that the emerging needs and concerns of schools, teachers and learners will be addressed amid the COVID-19 crisis.
She also explained that the Learning will be made “flexible” as it may include the use of online, television, radio and printed-materials depending on the capacities of schools and readiness of parents and learners to adopt such alternative measures.
DepEd has consulted with partner institutions and organizations and crafted a Learning Continuity Plan (LCP). The LCP covers the K-to-12 curriculum adjustments; alignment of learning materials; various modalities of delivery; and corresponding teacher and parent/guardian training for homeschooling.
The DepEd Secretary said, that these modifications were necessary steps in adapting to the “new normal” while adhering to the framework of its “Sulong EduKalidad” initiative.
“Sulong Edukalidad” was launched last December, and it involves reforms to achieve quality in basic education in “response to the rapidly changing learning environment of present and future learners and (the need for) aggressive reforms to globalize the quality of basic education in the Philippines,” she said.
It includes four key reform areas: the K to 12 Curriculum review and update; improvement of the learning environment; teachers’ upskilling and reskilling; and engagement of stakeholders for support and collaboration.
Secretary Briones remained positive despite the challenges, that DepEd – through the schools and its officials – will be able to find the “right balance” to ensure that the quality of education delivered to learners will not be compromised.
She also assured that DepEd “will observe all the guidelines” set by the Department of Health (DOH) and of the IATF on whether the risks classification in a locality will allow face-to-face attendance in schools or not.
“I similarly acknowledge the fears and apprehensions of our learners, parents and teachers, that we might not be ready for distance learning, with issues about access to online platforms and availability of gadgets,” she said.
Source: Manila Bulletin
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