No logic? Youth group slams DepEd’s ‘late’ planning for learning continuity

Published April 17, 2021, 5:00 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

For an activist youth group, there is “no logic” in planning for the extended implementation of distance learning when it is not working in the first place.

(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) slammed the Department of Education (DepEd) after it said that the concerned officials and units are currently conducting “multiple levels of planning” on the possibility of an extended implementation of distance or blended learning set-up due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.

“The DepEd proposal to extend blended learning without addressing the gaps we have been pointing out for over a year, is plain stupidity and will achieve nothing but the prolonging of our hardships,” said SPARK Spokesperson for junior and senior high school affairs Justin Dizon.

The activist youth organization slammed the DepEd for “considering an extension of distance learning” until the next school year given the spike of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“There is no logic in the multiple scenario planning being done by the DepEd when it has remained silent on the most basic of all antidotes to the problems that have risen under an education scheme in the time of a pandemic, the free, mass vaccination of all students,” Dizon said.

SPARK also questioned DepEd as to why this “multi-level planning has only been done now when students have been suffering” from its “haphazard implementation” of distance learning.

“This should have been done last year,” Dizon said. “All they did then was to insist that ‘we are ready’ and later on claim ‘victory’,” he added.

In a public briefing early this week, Briones said that the planning of DepEd on learning continuity is on “multiple levels” and would depend on the developments related to COVID-19.

SPARK, on the other hand, pointed out that the statement of Briones is “an admission” of DepEd’s failure to make education accessible, cost-free and “more importantly, less toxic than it is presently.”

 
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