Public school studes should prepare on new modes of learning under ‘new normal’
CEBU, May 12 (PIA) — As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, public students will need to prepare themselves on the new modes of learning as governments across the world transcend into the “new normal” maximizing technology to provide continuing education.
On June 1, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to release the guidelines under the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) that will detail the various ways on teaching modalities for offline and online engagements.
Under the LCP, classes will either be in the form of distance learning, home schooling or blended, face-to-face engagements,virtual classes,or tapping radio and television as platforms for continuing education.
Currently, DepEd is revising and reviewing the draft of the LCP, said Amaryllis Villarmia, regional information officer of DepEd Central Visayas.
When the guidelines are officially released, it will give ample time for public schools to prepare for the opening of classes scheduled on August 24, said Villarmia during the “Straight From the Source” Special Interview on COVID-19 undertaken by the Philippine Information Agency 7.
Villarmia said all regions will come up with their local LCP based on the national LCP framework that will factor in their location risk to COVID-19 exposure, at the same time to consider what is best appropriate and relevant for learning to their student populace.
In areas with poor Internet connection, the DepEd will tap radio and television platforms to ensure learning can still take place.
Earlier, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar has approved the use of government radio and television stations to implement the LCP.
According to Villarmia, DepEd is also making available its Learning Resources Portal (LRP), a portal where teachers and schoolers can access quality learning and teaching resources.
Talks are ongoing with telco firms to improve internet connectivity in areas with poor internet connection and to provide easy access to the LRP, said Villarmia.
Under the education department’s motto of “Education Must Continue,” Villarmia said the agency believes students should not be deprived of education but on the other hand, it must not also compromise their safety and security as the pandemic will not go away soon.
Villarmia further said the DepEd will continue to provide quality education based on various modes of learning under the “new normal,” that best fits the localities and at the same time, employ measures to guarantee the health and safety of the students and teachers.
Some private schools have signified their intention to open on June 1, but Villarmia said there should be no physical classroom engagement and only virtual classes are allowed based on national policy.
Also on June 1, public school teachers need to report to duty and are tasked to come up with learning activities and plan until the end of the school year, said Villarmia, adding that minimum health measures such as wearing of mask, physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and disinfection are to be implemented. (fcr/PIA7)