Learning materials for the first quarter of the upcoming school year have been distributed, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday as the Philippine education system prepares for a shift to blended learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The department is already working at learning materials for the second, third, and fourth quarter, DepEd Undersecretary Jesus Mateo said.
“We’re done with the 1st quarter the very least. And then we’re doing the second, 3rd and 4th quarter as well,” Mateo said in a television interview on ANC.
“We’re also beta-testing some of the different modalities like the TV and radio broadcast,” he added.
Printed learning materials are among the education delivery modes to be used for the upcoming school year as face-to-face classes remain prohibited.
Mateo said some 80 percent of students prefer “modular complemented with TV, radio, or online learning.”
The DepEd was able to complete the distribution of learning materials for the first quarter even after it said that it had to move the opening of classes from Aug. 24 to Oct. 5 because the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces affected preparations for blended learning.
Private elementary and secondary schools however may proceed with an academic calendar ahead of the government’s for as long as they stick to distance learning modalities, DepEd said.
The education department had earlier announced that its learning resources would also be made available online, through DepEd’s electronic learning platform—DepEd Commons.
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