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After dialogue with teachers, Robredo to raise their appeal over modular learning in letter to DepEd

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After her talks with teachers’ groups last week, Vice President Leni Robredo said she will formally write the Department of Education (DepEd) to raise their concerns as the opening of classes approaches.

In her weekly radio show on Sunday (August 9), Robredo said teachers’ groups she had spoken with lamented the education sector’s unpreparedness as the DepEd shifts to distance learning approach amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Naimbita ako ng isang teachers’ group at mayroon silang appeal sa DepEd na nag-promise akong icha-champion ko iyong kanilang appeal. This week siguro, or Monday or Tuesday ipapadala ko sa DepEd iyong gist ng aming pinag-usapan,” Robredo said.

But basically, Robredo said the teachers were concerned as they have yet to receive the self-learning modules (SLMs) few days before the opening of classes.

The Vice President said the educators were also worried about the printing costs for the SLMs that the students will use.

Some teachers were even told to just look for sponsors who could help them and should fees for the printing of SLMs.

“May kalituhan din dito, Ka Ely, kasi pagdating sa kanila ng module dahil blended learning, ipi-print iyon lahat para idala sa mga estudyante. Sino daw iyong magsasagot ng pag-print, ng distribution? Noong nagtanong yata sila, sinabihan silang maghanap ng sponsors. Ang reklamo nila napakahirap namang maghanap ng sponsors tapos iyong mga estudyante nila mahihirap din,” she said.

The teachers also hoped that their protection against possible COVID-19 infection would also be considered.

“Humihiling sila na sana man lang ma-test sila. Humihiling sila ng regular medical check up, humihiling sila na siguraduhin lang na habang nagre-render sila ng service, protektado. Tapos iyong sa kanila din, Ka Ely, iyong pakiusap na sana hindi sila i-require na nagha-house visits kasi ang laki din ng risk. Ang laki ng risk sa kanila,” Robredo said.

Prior to Robredo’s dialogue with teachers, several reports of concerns over the delay in distribution of SLMs have earlier surfaced.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Secretary General Raymond Basilio said “teachers have no choice but to make do with what they have or else students will have no materials to use” when classes formally start.

Robredo said her Office has been receiving many requests from public schools for provision of supplies, gadgets, internet connection, and other needs for distance learning classes.

“Iyong pakiusap natin na tingnan sana iyong kahirapan ng pinaka-maliit. Kasi parang masama iyong loob nila kapag napapanood nila iyong mga DepEd officials kapag sinasabing, “ready-ng ready na; wala nang problema,” kasi ang feeling nila nakakalimutan na mayroon sa kanilang hindi handa,” she added.

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