Robredo calls for unified efforts to address distance learning challenges

Published October 8, 2020, 2:59 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Recognizing the various issues hounding the online school opening,  Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday called for unified efforts to address the problems encountered in the distance learning system that has been adopted by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Vice-President Leni Robredo

Vice Presidential spokesperson Ibarra Gutierrez III said it was important to quickly identify the gaps in the new learning mode in order to come up with interventions to address them.

Gutierrez said they have recognized “a number of challenges that have emerged and will continue to emerge” as a result of the transition to distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“While there will be problems that will arise as with any transition, what is important is that we all work together to identify gaps quickly and to address them as best as we can,” he said.

For this school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) is implementing modular learning where students are provided with printed learning materials. Other modes of learning such as online, television, and radio broadcasts would supplement the modules.

Some students, however, have encountered problems with the modules provided by the DepEd, while internet connectivity is a continuing challenge for them and their teachers after the opening of classes on October 5.

The DepEd also later found itself in hot water after a wrong Math solution was aired over its TV platform that has since gone viral on social media. 

Gutierrez said the vice president has communicated with the DepEd so she could give her suggestions, as well as to “convey her willingness to assist in any way.”

In her own efforts, Robredo launched the “Bayanihan E-skwela” program to help assist parents, teachers, and students in the shift to distance learning.

Part of this initiative is the production of instructional video series for online learning, establishment of learning hubs for students without internet access, and providing computer gadgets for public schools.