Teacher’s group says module problems remain

Published November 4, 2020, 5:39 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Problems on Self-Learning Modules of the Department of Education remain, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines said Wednesday.

(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

ACT said there is still inadequate and untimely provision of SLMs that “further delays learners’ access to education and direly affects their quality of learning.” 

According to ACT, this throws in doubt on the agency’s move to adjust this school year’s four quarters supposedly to allow flexibility and reduce stresses in the remote learning modes of education. 

“We’ve received reports citing that many schools are still at their Week 3 modules in the first week of November due to the unavailability of succeeding SLMs. The reason for such varies – inability to print said materials due to lack of bond papers, ink, and or working printers; master copies from either the Central Office or local DepEd offices have yet to be sent to their schools; classroom teachers not having the time to write the modules, on top of their already overwhelming duties, as demanded by local officials; among others,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio said. 

“This all can be rooted in the agency’s failure to deliver on its promise that all first quarter modules will be available when school starts, resulting in more delays and disruptions in learning. We can’t help but wonder if the flexibility granted by the newly lengthened quarters was for our benefit or merely an attempt to cover up DepEd’s ineptitude,” he added. 

DepEd’s decision to adjust the four quarters of school will not address the problems on remote learning, according to ACT. Instead, ACT said that it will only serve as an excuse to the lagging behind of students in terms of the competencies they should have acquired at this point. 

ACT demanded that the agency provide concrete solutions to the problems with its most basic modality and no less than the very backbone of its education continuity program, lest they risk the disenfranchisement of more youth and the burning out of education frontliners. The group calls for appropriate, adequate, quality, and relevant learning materials for its distance learning program. 

“DepEd is also hereby implored to release its operational plan and status reports with clear deadlines and funding source for the printing and distribution of SLMs. We also suggest that DepEd consider the use of available textbooks pending the provision of materials, but these too are limited and incomplete,” ACT said.Problems on Self-Learning Modules of the Department of Education remain, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines said Wednesday.

ACT said there is still inadequate and untimely provision of SLMs that “further delays learners’ access to education and direly affects their quality of learning.” 

According to ACT, this throws in doubt on the agency’s move to adjust this school year’s four quarters supposedly to allow flexibility and reduce stresses in the remote learning modes of education. 

“We’ve received reports citing that many schools are still at their Week 3 modules in the first week of November due to the unavailability of succeeding SLMs. The reason for such varies – inability to print said materials due to lack of bond papers, ink, and or working printers; master copies from either the Central Office or local DepEd offices have yet to be sent to their schools; classroom teachers not having the time to write the modules, on top of their already overwhelming duties, as demanded by local officials; among others,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio said. 

“This all can be rooted in the agency’s failure to deliver on its promise that all first quarter modules will be available when school starts, resulting in more delays and disruptions in learning. We can’t help but wonder if the flexibility granted by the newly lengthened quarters was for our benefit or merely an attempt to cover up DepEd’s ineptitude,” he added. 

DepEd’s decision to adjust the four quarters of school will not address the problems on remote learning, according to ACT. Instead, ACT said that it will only serve as an excuse to the lagging behind of students in terms of the competencies they should have acquired at this point. 

ACT demanded that the agency provide concrete solutions to the problems with its most basic modality and no less than the very backbone of its education continuity program, lest they risk the disenfranchisement of more youth and the burning out of education frontliners. The group calls for appropriate, adequate, quality, and relevant learning materials for its distance learning program. 

“DepEd is also hereby implored to release its operational plan and status reports with clear deadlines and funding source for the printing and distribution of SLMs. We also suggest that DepEd consider the use of available textbooks pending the provision of materials, but these too are limited and incomplete,” ACT said.

 
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