Group hits DepEd’s ‘unpreparedness’ for school opening

Published June 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

A federation of teachers on Friday once again criticized the Department of Education (DepEd) for its “unpreparedness” when it comes to the implementation of its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) this upcoming SY.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines said that DepEd’s “unpreparedness” was highlighted during the recent Senate hearing where the agency was supposed to provide updates on its LCP.

After the hearing, ACT said DepEd proved that its LCP is nothing but a “mere illusion” since there are still “no concrete measures” put in place before classes for SY 2020-2021 formally open on August 24.

“DepEd embarrassingly came empty handed when senators asked about the infrastructures it has put up as the country nears the August 24 class opening,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio said. He noted that DepEd, despite getting IATF’s go signal for the LCP as early as May 11, “still has nothing to show for its prized alternative modalities—no laptops, gadgets for learners and education workers, no print or digital modules for the revised K to 12 curriculum, no report yet on the much-bragged about TV/radio educational programs.”

Without any health and safety measures at schools, ACT also asked how “will learning continue amid the pandemic without these?”

When pressed by senators, DepEd officials claimed that they needed a law in order to allocate funds for the procurement of gadgets for learners. DepEd’s lack of foresight, ACT said, puts the agency in “no position to be forwarding this distance learning and have the future of education on their callous hands.”

ACT argued that the Philippine education system is “obviously not designed for distance learning” – thus, it cannot be overhauled overnight. “Yet DepEd continues to waste time by not doing sufficient measures to enable the shift to remote delivery of education,” the group said.