Student-participants were generally “satisfied” with their overall experience during the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday, Jan. 5, said.
In a virtual press briefing, DepEd Planning Service Director Roger Masapol presented a survey conducted by the agency after the five-week pilot study on limited face-to-face classes.
The pilot study of limited face-to-face classes for basic education started on Nov. 15 and ended on Dec. 17, 2021.
Citing results of the survey, Masapol said that “97 percent of Grades 1 to 3 learner-respondents while 86 percent of SHS [Senior High School] learner-respondents are satisfied with their overall experience in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes.”
Masapol said that DepEd conducted the pilot implementation survey among the participants after Dec. 17 to “engage the stakeholders to assess the implementation of protocols and standards for the limited face-to-face classes.”
The objectives of the survey, Masapol explained, were to “gain insights on the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes” and to “identify strategies and mechanisms to aid schools in preparation for expansion for the face-to-face learning modality.”
Moreover, the survey also aimed to “determine policy action to support the expanded implementation and the subsequent transition to the new normal.”
Aside from their overall experience, the survey also focused on health and safety protocols as well as on the learning and teaching process.
Masapol explained that when it comes to the health and safety aspect, almost a hundred percent of Kinder to Grade 3 learner-respondents “felt safe while participating in the pilot implementation.”
“This means that learners felt safe interacting with their classmates and teachers and going around the school grounds,” Masapol said. “Overall, this is a good indication that the learners changed their perspective as they transition from learning to home to school,” he added.
Masapol also reported that 78 percent of SHS respondents also “felt safe while studying with their classmates,” while 79 percent said they “felt safe while studying with their teachers.”
In the teaching and learning process aspect of the survey, Masapol said that almost 100 percent of K to 3 learner-respondents were “satisfied” with the blended learning approach.
“This means that K to 3 learners are satisfied with the time allotment, schedule of reporting to school, learning delivery of teachers, hands-on activities in the classroom, and learning resources and materials used during F2F [face-to-face] classes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Masapol said that 67 percent of SHS learner-respondents were “most satisfied” with the delivery of lesson by the teacher; 12 percent were “least satisfied” with the time allotted for face-to-face classes, while four percent observed that hands-on activities “were not implemented.”
Masapol said that DepEd would further investigate the concerns raised by the learners during the pilot run.