Gadgets not required for continuity of learning in Benguet –DepEd
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 24(PIA) — The Department of Education – Benguet Schools Division clarified that gadgets will not be a requirement for school children in the distance learning modalities that will be implemented for the school year 2020-2021 in the light of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
DepEd Benguet Schools Division Superintendent Benilda Daytaca announced during the Provincial Inter Agency Task Force meeting on Monday that they will not require learners to have gadgets such as cellphones, tablets, computers or laptops for the basic education learning continuity in the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Even if learners have no gadget, they could still enrol and learn in this time of COVID pandemic, Daytaca said allaying fears of parents who are hesitant to enroll their children this school year as they do not have access to gadgets or no internet connectivity.
She explained that DepEd Benguet will be using Modular Distance Learning modalities which allow learners to use printed self-learning modules, which are the preference of most parents and learners since the province of Benguet is challenged with internet connectivity.
These self-learning modules shall be supplemented by video-based or audio-based teaching learning materials that the DepEd Benguet is preparing for the teachers.
The DepEd is pilot testing Radio-Based Instruction thru a partnership with a local radio station that is broadcasting in the province of Benguet since most of the households in the province particularly in far flung areas use radio as their means of getting news and information.
Television-based learning is also being studied to be used as some households are using TV in their homes for entertainment, news and information.
Daytaca thanked Benguet officials led by Governor Melchor Diclas, Legislative Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap and the local chief executives of the different municipalities and other officials and government offices including the barangays who vowed support for the distance learning in Benguet as they pledged the use of the Special Education Fund and the provision of printers, photocopiers and duplicating machines for the reproduction of printed self-learning modules which will be delivered to the learners.
About 75percent of the expected 70,000 learners in the province for the upcoming school year have already enrolled. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)