CAMIGUIN (PIA)–About 23,256 learners in the Division of Camiguin preferred the distance learning delivery mode in light of the basic education learning continuity plan.
Department of Education (DepEd) Camiguin formally opened SY 2020-2021 without the traditional learning experience, which is the face-to-face mode of delivery, October 5.
Superintendent Edgardo V. Abanil led the School Opening Day declaring a “great success” over COVID-19 pandemic because about 23,000 students (21, 534 in public schools and 1,722 in private schools) have decided to enroll this school year.
During the Talakayan sa PIA, Abanil said DepEd Camiguin used the modular and distance modes of learning, and noted that the island has a weak internet connectivity in the schools.
“As of today October 5, we have not received any complaints or negative comments during the opening of classes,” he said.
In lieu of the face-to-face classes, distance learning approaches are made available to the students for them to learn inside their homes.
Based on the Learner Enrollment Survey Form (LESF), most of the students prefer the modular (printed or offline) and television or radio-based instruction. Some opted for blended learning in which two or more modalities are combined.
Dr. Lailanie E. Lopena, chief of School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD), said the Division has realigned some expenses in its Maintenance and Operating Expenses (MOOE) noting that there will be activities that will no longer apply in the “new normal,” such as the conduct of summer reading camps, sports training, and other regional activities that will require meals and transportation expenses.
“School heads also have communication allowance worth P1,000 to easily communicate with parents and learners in providing guidance on modular learning. They can also freely use the schools’ internet connectivity to further help the learners and the parents,” she added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Emelia G. Aclan, chief of Curriculum and Instruction Division (CID), said to ensure understanding of the modules, teachers will undergo an assessment orientation to determine the knowledge gained by the students under the “new normal.”
“Teachers are also available via call or text so parents could easily communicate any problems or challenges while they are teaching their children,” she added.
Moreover, based on the reports gathered during the Clustered Stakeholders Forum, the school heads revealed that the schools received overwhelming support in the distribution of learning modules (LMs) from the stakeholders led by the local chief executives of the barangays and municipalities of the province of Camiguin.
As part of the Division’s school opening activities, school visits in all schools in the province were spearheaded by Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Sunny Ray F. Amit together with the CID members.
Accordingly, some parents and students were struggling with various issues related to the alternative learning delivery modalities under the blended and distance learning approach.
As such, the Division is continuously monitoring the implementation of its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) to address both current and emerging gaps. (DepEd Camiguin/PIA10)