Blended learning still an option for next school year – DepEd

Published March 19, 2021, 4:29 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said that blended learning will still be an option for students at the basic education level for the upcoming school year as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


DepEd Undersecretary for Human Resource and Organizational Development Jess Mateo, in an interview over DZBB on March 18, said that while there is no final decision yet when it comes to the opening of School Year (SY) 2021-2021, the department is planning to make blended learning available for the students.

“Susunod lang tayo sa categorization ng IATF pero definitely, magiging blended pa rin yan using various learning modalities (We will follow the categorization of the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] but definitely, it will still be blended using various learning modalities,” Mateo said.

Due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, students in both public and private schools enrolled this school year are under the distance learning set-up.

Lessons are delivered at the their respective homes through various alternative learning delivery modalities such as modular (printed and offline), online, television and/or radio-based instructions, or blended learning – or the combination of two or more learning modes.

Under the Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), limited face-to-face learning was among the options for blended learning. However, President Duterte prohibited the conduct of face-to-face classes to ensure the safety of both teachers and learners.

Recognizing that in-person learning remains a “necessity” for learners, DepEd has recommended the pilot testing of limited face-to-face classes.

“Sa mga areas na low risk, kung saka-sakali payagan tayo, magkakaroon ng limited face-to-face pero hindi magiging yung usual na face-to-face, dati-rati lahat ng bata papasok, baka hindi maging muna (In low-risk areas, if ever we will be allowed, there might be limited face-to-face [classes] but it will not be like the usual face-to-face where all students will go to school, that will not be the case),” Mateo explained.

If the pilot implementation will be allowed by the President, Mateo said that this will be done gradually. “Ang mangyayari niyan, parang rotation – mayroon bata in the morning, mayroon in the afternoon at baka hindi everyday (What might happen is that there will be rotation – there will be children in the morning [shift], there will be some in the afternoon and it might not be every day),” he added.