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DepEd mulls training parents, guardians on blended learning as COVID-19 crisis persists

The Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday it is mulling on training and conducting an orientation for parents and guardians who will oversee the studies of children at home as the Philippines prepares for a shift to “blended learning” this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said Tuesday that parents must also be prepared to take on a “bigger role” since students will have to take home their lessons.

The Department of Education is eyeing to orient parents on ‘blended learning’

“We expect partnership with, for example, the homeschoolers’ associations. Naikasa na namin ‘yan para magkaroon ng orientation activities ang mga magulang,” Umali said in a radio interview.

( We have set orientation activities for the parents.)

“Mayroon pong mga module po sila talaga na tukoy na tukoy ‘yong mga competency, na dapat mayroon ang ating mga magulang para maging ‘yong tinatawag nilang effective learning facilitators,” he added.

(There are modules to identify competencies that parents should possess so they can be called as effective learning facilitators.)

DepEd earlier announced that it would implement “blended learning” for school year 2020 to 2021 to do away with physical or ‘face-to-face’ classes.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said printed modules can be delivered to the homes of students, or can be picked up by parents at specific destinations.

DepEd is also eyeing to use radio, and television instruction. Its online platform, DepEd Commons will also remain accessible.

DepEd has also implemented a month-long remote enrollment for public schools this month. Classes are scheduled to start on Aug. 24.

READ: DepEd Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for SY 2020-2021

READ: Enrollment Manual for Philippine Basic Education Schools for SY 2020-2021

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