IT HAS been a week since printed modules were distributed to students in public schools. Here are some initial reactions by parents about this newly adopted modality of learning, which should be taken into consideration.
1. There are plenty of modules and learning activities to cope with slow-paced learners. Not all students are fast enough to read, digest and answer all the activities in the moduleS.
2. For working parents with more children at home, it is a nightmare. A working mom with four to five kids on different grade levels, it’s a “mission impossible.”
3. Parents without formal education cannot help their children effectively and efficiently. You cannot teach what you don’t know.
4. Some parents complained about the number of notebook requirements to be used as answer sheets. The economic crisis has affected them to the bone.
5. Giving too much attention to modules, parents missed their meals and household work. Time pressure and lack of sleep can cause anxiety and mental stress.
6. Modules have advanced topics that learners are not very familiar with. Contextualized modules compelled learners to study obsolete terms, unfamiliar words, or archaic languages no longer in everyday use.
7. For higher grades, parents cannot assist difficult topics in English, Science Math, and highly technical subjects. Some topics require teachers’ specialization and discussion.
8. For senior high school, learning is more in theory without hands-on activities, practice, or actual application e.g. electricity, housekeeping, cookery, etc.
9. Some teachers are very happy and friendly to assist learners, but others cannot be reached. Poor parents without cell phones have no means to contact teachers for help.
10. Some modules have answer keys others do not. Some have the wrong answers given. Other schools did not include the answer keys in the Self Learning Materials for whatever reasons.
Modular-based learning is one of the most widespread and recognized teaching-learning techniques in many countries in the world. However, the parents are appealing to the Department of Education to make things easy under these difficult times. There are parents who can embrace the challenge but for some others, the struggle is real!