MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that the opening of classes will proceed on August 24 using a blended learning curriculum.
Under a blended curriculum, students have the option to choose from a modular, distance, or online learning which will need additional equipment and resources for the implementation.
To address this, the President plans to send transistor radios to remote areas in the country to aid students especially those who do not have access to the Internet.
“Baka kung magtagal ito talaga, sayang ang panahon [If this will go on for very long, we will waste time],” the President said referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We might buy the radio at 300 maibigay sa lahat ng barangay na maabot ng radio. Para naman iyong mga mahihirap may communication sila sa teacher nila [to be given to all barangays that radio can reach. So that the poor students will be able to have communication with their teachers],” he added.
However, the President said he still needs to ‘look for money’ for the procurement of transistor radios.
Though he agreed to the opening of classes in August, he stressed that face-to-face sessions will not be allowed until an effective vaccine against the deadly coronavirus disease is discovered.
The Department of Education (DepEd) is now coordinating with telecom companies for the free Internet and with local radio stations for the infrastructure.
“We are negotiating with two telcos na ilibre nila ang paggamit ng kanilang facilities [We are negotiating with two telcos, Mr. President, to allow free use of their facilities],” Education Secretary Leonor Briones told the President.
As of June 15, DepEd has recorded more than 10 million students who enrolled online with the highest numbers in Regions IV-A, Region III, and IV respectively. —MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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