Radio-TV based learning in basic education urged

Published July 18, 2020, 2:09 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian today reiterated his advocacy for TV and radio-based instructions as part of the blended learning approach to be implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) in basic education.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

‘’It is the most efficient way to reach every learner in the safety of their homes. While the government can utilize unused frequencies to supplement Deped’s (Department of Education’s) self-learning modules, there are technical issues that might hinder this utilization,’’ Gatchalian said when queried on proposals for government to use the ‘’silenced’’ ABS-CBN frequency for distance learning.

There are, however, some issues to be considered, according to Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate basic education, culture and arts committee.

‘’One is the technical facility. A frequency is very specific to a broadcast equipment. And it goes without saying that you also need qualified technical people to operate those equipment,’’ he said.

‘’Two, is the quality of the equipment and broadcast facilities,’’ he pointed out.

‘’To reach all households nationwide, a broadcast entity needs very powerful transmitters to deliver the content. The operator of the frequency should be ready to invest in very high-tech equipment to maximize the nationwide reach,’’ he added.

There are also other concerns to be addressed such as the mode of leasing the ABS-CBN facilities if the private owner agrees at all to such an agreement and the issue of who would operate them, observers said.