ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to address the concerns of parents and students in their plan for a blended learning scheme in the upcoming school year.
The Makabayan lawmaker cited the DepEd’s own survey of parents and guardians from both public and private schools during the 45-day enrollment period in public schools that ended last July 15.
“The survey revealed that 6.9 million parents and guardians shared that the unstable mobile/internet connection and the lack of available gadgets and equipment were the challenges they face that may affect their child’s learning process through distance education,” Castro said.
The survey also revealed that the difficulty in independent learning are also challenges in the upcoming school year, she added.
“With their own survey results revealed, we now ask the Department of Education what it plans to do with the legitimate concerns raised by the parents and guardians of our learners?” Castro asked.
“The top concerns raised by the parents and guardians play a huge role in the education department’s plan on the blended learning modalities,” she said.
“Not having a stable internet connection would not allow the learner to join online classes. Not having available gadgets or equipment would limit the access of the learner to available learning materials, while those having difficulty in independent learning would ultimately greatly affect the quality of education that they will receive if the learner would simply be given modules for self study,” she said.
“Makikita sa sarili nilang survey na hindi akma at marami pang problema na kinakaharap at kakaharapin ng mga guro, magulang at kabataan sa plano ng DepEd na paraan ng pagbibigay edukasyon sa ating mga kabataan,” Castro said.
“Napakalimitado ng mabibigyan ng access sa dekalidad na edukasyon sa pinipilit ng DepEd na mga moda ng pag-aaral,” she added.
“The blended learning scheme of DepEd remains to be anti-poor which creates millions of out-of-school youth leaving the poorest of the poor children behind,” she said.