The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Friday that it is researching institutionalizing blended learning…
In private schools, blended learning is acceptable but not in public institutions.
The mandated daily face-to-face instruction will begin in all public schools on November 2 as scheduled, according to the Department of Education (DepEd), while blended learning may continue in private institutions.
In a statement, the agency stated that all public schools, except those using “alternative delivery modalities” because of calamities and disasters, must follow the complete implementation of DepEd Order (DO) No. 44.
Thereafter, “no public school should be permitted to adopt exclusively remote learning or blended learning, except for those expressly provided an exemption by the Regional Director, those whose classes are automatically canceled due to disaster and calamities,” the statement read.
After more than two months of transition since August 22, as mentioned in DO No. 44, the DepEd emphasized the need for in-person instruction for the overall well-being of students in the nation.
The Department of Education continues to believe that having lessons in person helps students progress academically and generally improves their mental and physical health. In-person instruction is still the best choice for basic education, according to numerous published research, the DepEd said.
The most recent data reveals that during the changeover period, approximately 90% of 47,000 public schools countrywide have been offering both in-person classes and distance learning modalities.
Options for blended learning
The DepEd will permit the supply of learning mode alternatives for private schools past November 2 and those in disaster-affected areas, considering the difficulties they confront.
“DepEd is aware of the current situation of the private sector due to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic (Covid-19),” the statement continued. “This includes the investment in online learning technologies, the development and institutionalization of best practices on blended learning, and the unfortunate closure of small private schools due to losses.
Private schools are permitted to offer “five-day in-person programs, blended learning models with three in-person days and two online days, four in-person days and one online day, and full distance learning.”
To “address learning challenges,” the DepEd also promised to expedite the review of blended learning modalities.
Earlier, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte claimed that learning gaps were created when pure remote learning was being used at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak.
However, Duterte commended the Filipino people for their ongoing support, particularly for promoting a gradual switch to in-person classes across the country, which the DepEd deemed to be the department’s “greatest” accomplishment in its first 100 days.
The goal of delivering affordable, high-quality, and inclusive basic education for everyone remains a major problem that we continue to face in the education sector. We appreciate the Filipino people’s faith in us. She stated that your help is necessary for the Department’s success, but more crucially for our students.
According to Pahayag 2022, the DepEd was ranked third among the most trusted government organizations last week during the third quarter of 2022.
From September 16 to September 20, PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. launched the impartial, unpaid survey.
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