Officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday clarified that blended and distance learning should not be “exclusive” to the chosen learning delivery modality of the students and their parents.
During the “Handang Isip, Handa Bukas” virtual press briefing, DepEd officials led by Secretary Leonor Briones gave updates on the school opening and how the agency is addressing issues and concerns related to the alternative learning delivery modalities implemented in lieu of face-to-face classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’d like to emphasize that distance and blended learning is not exclusive to the chosen modality only,” DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said. “The more access we have to these learning modalities, the better,” he added.
Under the distance learning approach, students were asked to choose which learning delivery modality they would prefer since in-person conduct of classes will not take place. The options include modular (print or offline), online, and TV and radio-based instruction.
Pascua noted that there might be a miscommunication on the part of teachers and parents on the chosen learning delivery modality. “Blended distance learning means the modalities can be combined,” he said.
Citing an observation on the first day of classes, Pascua said that there are students who only focus on one learning modality because this is what their parents have chosen.
“There are some learners that only use printed modules even if they have access to TV or Internet,” he said. “This should not be the case because we can combine all these learning modalities, the more, the better,” he added.
Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio assured that DepEd will also assess the effectiveness of the different learning modalities.
“We recognize that there are concerns on distance learning and we will do an evaluation on these modalities before the school year ends,” San Antonio said.
Since classes started last week, concerns on the “complexity” of learning modules have been raised by some parents. Due to these challenges, some parents are thinking of pulling their children out of formal schooling. Many of them also noted that they are not “confident” in guiding their children when it comes to their studies.
San Antonio reminded the parents that while there are challenges, “they should also consider that they will be depriving their children the chance to learn and this will be a disadvantage for them in the future.”
Parents who are struggling to assist their children were advised to inform the school about their situation so proper intervention will be given instead of asking their children to drop out. “We have para-teachers or Learning Support Aides (LSAs) who can help them, so they just need to inform the principal or the school.”