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DepEd to Continue Blended Learning in Matanao

The Local Government Unit of Matanao supports the Department of Education’s campaign for blended learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As the new school year resumes across all levels, parents, teachers, and students are faced with a similar dilemma that they met last year: how to properly conduct online classes during the Pandemic.

On August 7, 2021, the Philippines Education Department announced that the blended learning approach in the delivery of primary education would be implemented this upcoming school year. The blended learning approach is a combination of two or more alternative learning delivery modalities for the school year 2021-2022, which is scheduled to start on September 13 and end on June 24, 2022.

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure to learners, parents, and teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) also implemented limited physical enrollment to selected areas. Through the electronic mode of enrollment, parents and students can process registration online through a platform provided by the Department of Education.

In a recent development announced on September 21, 2021, about 100 public and 20 private schools in minimal risk COVID-19 areas were given go signal to participate in the pilot limited face-to-face classes of the DepEd. The announcement came after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the limited face-to-face classes with validation and proper implementation from the Education Department. The guidelines of this learning mode prescribe that class size will be reduced to 12 learners for kindergarten, 16 learners for grades 1 to 3, and 20 learners for technical-vocational students. Class sessions will only run for a maximum of three hours for Kindergarten to Grade 3 and four hours for Senior High School.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones stated that the face-to-face classes that will be implemented now are far from the physical classes that learners were accustomed to before the Pandemic. The proposed conduct of limited face-to-face classes will call for heavy monitoring and little class hours. “Talagang ini-schedule ito nang husto at strictly monitored pati yung kilos ng mga bata,” she said in an interview.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Matanao is in constant coordination with the Department of Education for the assistance they may need in implementing the necessary policies to ensure that learners will continue to study safely even during the Pandemic.