Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Diosdado Antonio explained and defended the extension of academic year from June 11 to July 10 to address the learning gaps that were identified during the implementation of distance learning.
“Gusto po nating bigyan ng panahon para ang mga batang ito ay makahabol kasi ayaw nating may naiiwan kahit iisa lang ‘yan.Yung assumption natin hanggang Sabado may lessons dapat ang mga bata so wala na pong lugar para sa makeup classes,” said USec. Antonio.
Distance Learning, also called distance education, e-learning, and online learning, form of education in which the main elements include physical separation of teachers and students during instruction and the use of various technologies to facilitate student-teacher and student-student communication. (Wikipedia) This mode of learning was implemented to avoid teacher and student’s exposure to COVID 19.
The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) alos aired their sentiments claiming that DepEd did not consult them about the extension of academic year.
“Nagulat kami kumakalat na po ito nang hindi pa nababanggit sa mga teacher…Hindi po kinokonsulta ang mga teacher, ang mga frontliners ng education sector. Mas kinokonsulta pa nila ang mga bata, mga magulang, business sector…lahat kinokonsulta nila maliban sa mga teacher,”said TDC national chairman Benjo Basas.
To date, there are over 580,000 COVID 19 cases in the country.