The regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd 11) said the changes in teaching modalities in the incoming school calendar will be area-based. This means, learning methods will depend on the capacity and resources available in areas where schools are located.
Jenielito Atillo, spokesperson of DepEd 11, stressed that for schools situated in the hinterlands where internet is not available, they will be employing modular, radio, tv-based instructions, or distance learning modalities in learning delivery.
“Sa kadtong mga areas nga lisod ang internet or walay gadgets ang mga tao, we will not employ the online modality there, mugamit mi sa uban pang mga modalities which we deem will be appropriate,” Atillo said through facebook messenger.
He said modules will be delivered from DepEd central office for school-made learning resources.
“I say, ready na man ta but confirming also nga open pa pud ta sa mga possibilities nga along the way naa gyud tay concerns, problems nga atubangon especially so nga dia na ta sa new normal scheme of things. But I know we will hurdle that sama sa mga major concerns nga among gipang-atubang in the past. There will be birth pains really pero we will gladly face that. The teachers naman are flexible in dealing with situations,” Atillo said.
DepEd 11 is optimistic that teachers, particularly those assigned in the hinterlands of Davao Region, can deal with the challenges in terms of teaching methodologies that they are going to encounter in the so-called ‘new normal.’
DepEd 11 is now honing the capacities of the teachers through trainings, seminars, and webinars.
“Naa na ta karon sa proseso sa pag-andam sa atong mga teachers pinaagi sa mga online trainings ug seminars nga ginahimo nato. Naa pa ta’y dako usab nga online seminar para sa ilaha para i-familiarize lang sila sa new normal demands sa education,” Atillo said.
DepEd has announced to start the classes on August 24, 2020. The department is offering schools alternative learning methods that includes online learning and offline methods, such as take-home readings and activities, radio and tv-based instructions.