President Rodrigo R. Duterte has given the Department of Education (DepEd) the go signal to proceed with the school year beginning August 24, 2020, using blended or distance learning modality.
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones assured Duterte that alternative ways of learning will be adapted “until physical attendance in school is determined to be safe.”
“We seek your approval of our alternative ways of learning,” Briones appealed to the President.
“What we are saying Mr. President is that we fully and completely support your stand that our children should not be exposed to the dangers of Covid-19 physically but we are offering opportunities for them to continue their studies and learnings,” Briones stressed.
“I am impressed.” He also expressed that he will give his full support, even financial, to the DepEd, Duterte said after the presentation of Briones.
“I’m impressed with the simplicity of the program, Ma’am. I believe that all you have shared is feasible. I believe you have a very workable program and I support you. Should you require any help from any of the departments, feel free to communicate with them,” Duterte said
As for the funding Duterte quipped, ” We will scrape the bottom of the barrel.”
“We will have to forego many things along the way because of what happened,” Duterte said on a serious note as he underscored the importance of education.
“The future of the country depends on how “we educate people nowadays.”
In seeking the approval of the President, Briones reiterated that, DepEd is one with the President in his non-negotiable commitment for the health and safety of the learners, teachers and staff.
“It is the first and most important principle of our Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) which details learning opportunities in the time of Covid-19. We can still provide learning opportunities to our students, without requiring them to come to school, through blended and distance learning,” Briones added.
The President’s preference will be consistent with the blended/distance learning approach in sending our children to school until it is safe to do so.
Source: The Business Mirror