The Department of Education started Tuesday delivering learning materials to public school students, who chose the modular learning in the coming academic year as face-to-face classes are prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Director of the DepEd’s National Capital Region (NCR) office, Malcolm Garma, said that the early delivery of “learner packages” would give the department more time to prepare for the opening of classes, scheduled on Oct. 5.
“In NCR, we would like to do the delivery of the learner packages as early as possible so we can prepare better for the opening of classes,” he said.
“We have scheduled the actual distribution of the learner packages starting September 1 and would last up until September 15,” Garma said in a virtual press briefing on Monday.
Even if the National Capital Region an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country — would be placed under strict community quarantine statuses, still ready to deliver the modules.
The local government units in NCR are also helping schools deliver modules.
He added that ‘some teachers and non-teaching personnel will physically report to offices for the delivery of learning materials, but must first undergo medical screening.’
The DepEd earlier explained that schools can use other learning materials aside from the SLMs as long as they are in line with the revised basic education curriculum.
As of Aug. 28, over 2 million learners have enrolled in public schools in NCR, making it one of the regions with the most number of registered students along with neighboring Calabarzon and Central Luzon.
“The excess of the enrollment in most of the SDOs can be attributed to the migration of learners from private schools to the public schools,” Garma added.
The average class size is around 45 students in elementary and junior high school, and 41 in senior high school, said Garma, noting that the figures were still subject to change as enrollment continued in public schools.
In the coming school year, students will be studying at home through printed and digital modules, online classes, television, and radio as campuses remain closed due to the threat of COVID-19.