DepEd urged to address teachers’ problems

Published November 5, 2020, 6:17 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Exactly a month after classes have resumed under a distance learning set-up, a left-leaning federation of teachers on Thursday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to address the concerns being raised by the educators.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines noted that module issues, undue expenses, and heavy workload are just some of the challenges listed by teachers a month after School Year 2020-2021 formally opened on Oct. 5.

ACT noted that problems with modular learning “continued and has since worsened” – particularly in relation to the basic requisites and operationalization of the said modality which is the most preferred and widely employed mode of learning under the DepEd’s blended modes of distance learning. 

“DepEd’s scant, and in most cases non-existent, resource provision hardly sufficed to cover the first quarter, forcing the hands of teachers and other stakeholders’ to dispense personal resources,” ACT said. “Likewise, tasks of teachers unrelentlessly mount as more and more needs arise without response from the government,” the group added. 

ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio expressed alarm at the “grim prospects” of distance learning and education continuity with these issues left unresolved.