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DepEd’s Briones challenged to demo distance learning in far-flung areas

A minority lawmaker challenged Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Wednesday to demonstrate distance learning in far flung and less fortunate areas.

ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro said Briones should show how the different learning modalities presented by the Department of Education (DepEd) will play out in far-flung areas to prove that ‘blended’ learning would be inclusive.

“We challenge Secretary Briones to demonstrate the different learning modalities in less fortunate areas herself so that the education department will see how their policies would be implemented on the ground and see the consequences on quality and accessibility of education,” Castro said in a statement.

“With the Department of Education’s determination to push through with the opening of the next school year, it should first and foremost ensure that quality and accessibility of education will not be sacrificed. No child shall be left behind,” Castro added.

The DepEd had said that it would use a blend of printed modules, online instruction, and radio and television lessons for the upcoming school year as face-to-face classes remained prohibited due to the COVID-19 threat. Classes are set to open on Aug. 24.

“The Department of Education must also ensure quality and accessible education with its determination to push through with the opening of the next school year in August,” Castro said.


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