December 10, 2022

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet National High School has started bringing face-to-face instruction to Covid-19-free communities
The province’s largest secondary school in terms of student population rolled out the initial phase of its program entitled, “Say ayshe man-unod” (So no learner is left behind) by bringing instruction and meeting learners in Covid-19-free feeder communities.
First stopover of the program was at Tuel and Ambongdolan in Tublay on Feb. 28, where teachers in different core areas like English, Science, Math, and Filipino were deployed to meet 33 students from grades 7 to 12.
Teachers identified the barangays as among the areas where students are often delayed in the submitting their modules due to poor Internet connectivity and lack of transport facilities resulting in their low performance.
The other areas where the program was rolled out were at barangays Balluay and Bagong in Sablan on March 3.
The teachers reached out to 43 learners where they asked the learners’ concerns and the difficulties they may have encountered in their modules and guided them in accomplishing their tasks.
BeNHS Prinicipal Nestor Dalay-on who headed the group encouraged the students and their parents to reach out to their teachers if they needed help.
He acknowledged the difficulty faced by learners, which is why the school initiated the program.
BeNHS guidance counsellor-designate and Assistant Principal Madison Kiong, conceptualized the program in the hope of spearheading avenues to uplift the performance of learners, especially those in disadvantaged areas and promote quality access to education amidst the pandemic.
Punong barangays Aurelio Viernes of Tuel, Antonia Pad-eng of Ambongdolan, Ferdinand Canuto of Balluay, and Renato Pacheco of Bagong expressed gratitude to the school administration and the teachers for bridging the gap during this time of distance education and expressed their hopes that more follow-up activities will be conducted.
The program was designed incorporating health protocol guidelines issued by the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Diseases.
The program’s initial implementation is expected to last until April with follow-throughs if face-to-face classes are still prohibited in the next school year.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic that prohibited the holding of face-to-face classes, BeNHS adopted instruction via online or conferencing, hybrid or blended learning, and correspondence or modular learning. – Thomas G. Tumpa