THE Cebu City Local School Board (LSB) will conduct a test run for the Education Laboratory (EdLab) on Radio, a program that will serve 130,000 elementary pupils by Jan. 11, 2021 as an aid to modular distance learning.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, LSB chairman Ronald Diola, in an interview with SunStar Tonight, SunStar Cebu’s weeknight newscast aired on Facebook, said they have talked with some people from the barangays and radio stations about upgrading the signal gradually to determine the optimum signal that would reach the farthest barangay or the farthest school.
After asking the 48 participating teachers to record their materials, he said they discovered that one week’s worth of modular lessons can be aired within an hour.
Diola said they have yet to chose which FM radio station to air the lessons. He said the Home Radio station was the first to act on the City’s request.
He said the Edlab on Radio program will cost the City around P8 million. Although this is cheaper compared to the City procuring gadgets for students who do not have them, the City still has to go through the procurement process.
He said they are looking for radio stations that can give them eight hours of continuous air time for six days a week from Monday to Saturday.
he said that initially, Monday and Tuesday will be allocated for Grades 1 and 2 pupils; Wednesday and Thursday for Grades 3 and 4 pupils; and Friday and Saturday for Grades 5 and 6 pupils.
He said the radio program will supplement the learning modules.
Since the radio program will not be interactive, a Facebook page where teachers and pupils can interact can be created, he said.
“The program will help parents or guardians. By listening with their child on the radio, the parent or guardian can or will know what to teach the child or how to help the child navigate their modules,” he said.
Diola said among the problems that they have encountered with the modular distance learning is the printing of modules. The LSB, he said, is tasked to print the modules for Grades 1, 2 and 3.
He said for Grades 2 and 3 alone, they have to print 17 million pages, or 6,000 pages of modules per student.
“It’s very difficult and, in fact, it may traumatize a child because no one’s there to guide them,” he said, noting that some parents might be busy at work or are not capable to teach and assist their children.
Asked if Cebu City is going to join the pilot
implementation of limited face-to-face classes, Diola said he does not know yet.
However, he said Mayor Edgar Labella told him that “it might expose our children to so much risk.” / WBS