MAJORITY of Mandaue City’s 58,781enrolled public school students prefer modular distance learning (MDL) to online classes, a local school official said on July 21, 2020.
With classes set to open in August, officials of the Mandaue City Schools Division have given their enrollees two options while face-to-face or physical classes are still not allowed.
These are the modular distance learning (MDL), in which teachers give weekly modules or worksheets for their students to answer within the week, and online classes.
But according to the division’s new enrollees, majority of them prefer MDL as most of them don’t have access to the internet, said Mandaue City Schools Division superintendent Nimfa Bongo.
Bongo said it was agreed upon by the students’ parents and teachers that every Friday, they will go to the school or barangay gym to pick up the modules and also submit the modules or worksheets that the students have answered.
Bongo said they chose schools or barangay gyms as the location for the distribution to maintain and follow the social distancing protocol.
The teacher will also check the modules as soon as these are submitted.
The Department of Education (DepEd) also plans to collaborate with other radio or TV stations to publish educational topics where students can tune in for more information on their modules.
For students who chose online classes, the teacher will conduct a class but the basis of that teaching is also a worksheet similar to MDL.
The worksheet can be downloaded by the students online.
Bongo said despite the pandemic, the number of enrollees has not decreased.
The number of enrolled students is not yet final because they will still accept late enrollees if the school has not exceeded its maximum number of enrollees.
Bongo also said that DepEd Mandaue is ready for this “new normal” school year.
The teachers have started printing their worksheets, she said.
DepEd-Mandaue was also provided by the local government with P10 million for preparations, especially for the student worksheets.
Classes will start on Aug. 24, according to Bongo.
Teachers, on the other hand, no longer need to report to school.
They are given at least two days a week to go to school.
Teachers living with infants, pregnant women, senior citizens and those with illnesses will be working from home and do not need to go to school. (KFD)