A Department of Education (DepEd) official urged teachers on Monday, February 1, to give “reasonable” school activities as a response to some students who complained about overloaded school works.
Diosdado San Antonio, undersecretary for curriculum and instruction, explained that some modules could be made optional to avoid students suffering from burnout.
“Sila na po mismo ang maga-agree kung ano iyong reasonable [workload] kasi ayaw naman natin na ‘yong excitement ng mga bata na matuto ay ma-convert into burnout,” he said during a virtual press briefing.
“Kung ano lang iyong kaya ng bata, iyon lang muna ang isumite. Hindi naman ito dapat panahon na super higpit tayo,” said San Antonio.
It was also reported that there is a significant increase in the number of student suicides in 2020 due to online classes.
According to DepEd data, there are over 24.8 million learners who enrolled in the basic education for the school year 2020-2021.
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