400,000 learners ready for Oct 5 opening
Around 400,000 learners from kindergarten to grade 12 in all public schools in the Cordillera will experience blended learning when school year 2020-2021 opens Oct. 5.
Department of Education-Cordillera Director May Eclar said the region is ready to implement the various learning delivery modalities as an alternative to face-to-face classes due to the pandemic.
Eclar said the DepEd has setup localized mechanisms to ensure that learning will continue based on the agency’s learning continuity operational plan.
All eight divisions of DepEd-CAR prefer the printed modular learning with the divisions of Baguio City, Benguet and Tabuk City all set for modular, online, video or television and audio or radio. There are some learners from Baguio, Benguet and Tabuk City who prefer pure online classes.
The division of Abra has prepared for modular with audio or radio as complementary medium while the divisions of Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province chose pure modular as their learning delivery mode.
Eclar said school heads and teachers were guided and trained in the delivery of distance learning with their continuous capability building activities.
“We have prepared school heads and teachers in the delivery of distance learning to lay out directions in making their weekly home learning plans. These plans are very vital in providing guidance to the parents and learners as they accomplish given tasks at home,” she said.
Curriculum and Learning Management Division Head Carmel Meris said they have oriented teachers to be available during the duration of the distance learning to assure the students can fulfill their requirements.
She said the modules, once answered by the students, would be brought back to the teachers for evaluation. Once evaluated, the modules would be returned to the students.
“We have oriented the teachers to communicate with the learners or parents even in the wee hours,” she said.
Earlier, DepEd-CAR has signed a partnership agreement with the Police Regional Office – Cordillera, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, and 503rd Infantry Brigade for the logistic support in the delivery of modules as well as volunteer teachers for DepEd.
The office also partnered with Tangguyob Service Station for educational air time on Facebook, City Savings Bank for a photocopier to reproduce learning modules, Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation for educational and advocacy air time, and Saint Louis University for professional development program for teachers. – Ofelia C. Empian