Kiko: 1 year of no face-to-face classes equals 2 years of make-up classes
The government needs to prepare for mass return to school by pilot-testing face-to-face classes in low-risk areas in the country, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said on Monday.

Kiko: 1 year of no face-to-face classes equals 2 years of make-up classes

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The government needs to prepare for mass return to school by pilot-testing face-to-face classes in low-risk areas in the country, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said on Monday.

In a co-sponsorship speech of Senate Resolution 668, Pangilinan said: “Isang taon na po ang nakakalipas, pero karamihan ng mga problemang hinaharap ng ating education system ay pareho pa rin hanggang ngayon. In fact, mas nadagdagan pa.”

“We owe it to our students, their parents, school faculty and staff, to be able to provide a safe environment to resume classes. We can only do that if we have the experience — kung alam na natin kung ano ang epektibo, dapat, at ligtas na gawin, at kung paano ito gagawin,” he said.

Intermittent Internet connection, the cost of mobile data adding to daily expenses, and the lack of a proper gadget are some of the problems that comes with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) blended distance learning program, Pangilinan said.

”Dahil ngayong blended learning ang mga bata ay hindi gaanong makapag-focus sa pag-aaral gawa ng minsan mahina ang signal ng mga data o wifi sa kanila kaya ang mga bata hindi nakakapasok,” he said.

“At sa hina ng signal hindi naiintindihan ng mga bata kung ano ang tinuturo ng guro nila. Minsan ang guro nawawalan din ng signal,” Pangilinan said.

“Dalawang taon na po halos ang kailangang habulin ng ating mga paaralan at mga mag-aaral. At bawat pagpapatagal natin sa pagbubukas ng klase ay mas dumadagdag pa ito,” he said.

“Hindi pa po riyan natatapos, dahil meron pa raw mga long-term effects. Malaki ang posibilidad ng pagdami ng mga ‘drop-outs’, nababawasan ang kagustuhang matuto, nababawasan daw ang mga ‘foundational skills’ na mahirap iregain at reintegrate sa loob ng education system,” he said, quoting the Philippine Pediatric Society.

“Sa isang normal na classroom situation daw, 22 percent ang learning gain. Pero sa ilalim ng distance education, there is 78 percent less learning. Nakakaalarma,” he added.

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