The Department of Education (DepEd) is currently working to simplify the curriculum to prioritize only the “most essential” lessons for the adjusted schedule of the opening of classes. The start of classes for the next school year is still not official, as delays are expected due to the COVID-19.
Based on the interview on Dobol B sa News TV on Wednesday, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that the curriculum will be changed in light of the possible adjusted period of the School Year 2020-2021.
“Ang isang ginagawa ng aming Bureau of Curriculum Development of Curriculum Instruction—kahapon lang nag-meeting kami with the Secretary—binabalangkas nila yung most essential learning competencies mula sa curriculum,” he said.
“In other words, ‘yung curriculum natin na malawak, ‘yan ang titignan kung ano ang most essential at ‘yan ang magiging prayoridad na i-deliver through various modalities,” he added.
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Due to the threat of COVID-19, DepEd announced that classes may start in August instead of June, noting that the physical attendance of students depends on the Inter-Agency Task Force.
The department also eyes for different modes of teaching-learning as they have to consider the safety of students and teachers, as well as the continuity of the education program.
DepEd encourages students to continue their learning in June as they offer them to utilize DepEd Commons, an online educational platform supporting alternative learning modalities amid the enhanced community quarantine.
According to Malaluan, the DepEd Commons is somewhat a dry run for the resumption of class in August. Currently, it has 4,236,667 subscribers.
Aside from the online platform, DepEd is also looking for other modes of learning for those students who have no access to the internet.
Source: GMA News
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