CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sep. 22 (PIA)–Noting constraints on distance learning using the modules during their dry run, the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 is open to hiring learning facilitators or job orders to aid learners.
“That’s the advantage na nag-dry run. Ma-identify ang mga learners na nahihirapan sa distance learning using the modules in their homes kasi may parents na nahihirapan na mag-assist,” DepEd-10 Assistant Regional Director Victor De Gracia, Jr. said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, September 22.
(That’s the advantage of conducting the dry run. We are able to identify that there are learners who have difficulty in distance learning using the modules in their homes because there are parents who find it difficult to assist their children)
He added that hiring of facilitators is also possible especially with the overwhelming support of the local government units (LGUs) who are willing to help through their special education fund.
As for teachers’ assistance, Gracia said they have already authorized the use of their August Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for the procurement of materials for learning like bond papers and modules but he stressed that such funding is not enough to suffice the needs of all teachers.
There are LGUs who shouldered the expenses for the reproduction of modules while there are some who have difficulties in providing assistance. Thus, teachers seek for voluntary help from various stakeholders; including such in the Brigada Eskwela activities.
For the current number of teachers, the assistant regional director said they have enough teachers for the upcoming school year. “We have hired and inducted teachers. They are ready to serve in the opening of classes,” he added.
Knowing the plight of various private school teachers, Gracia said they are urging the teachers to apply to DepEd as learning facilitators.
Opening of classes for SY 2020-2021 in public schools is set October 5. After conferring with the Office of the Executive Secretary on the applicability of the decision to private schools and other non-DepEd schools, DepEd clarifies that such private or non-DepEd schools that have already started their classes, or are scheduled to start classes, August 24 or on other dates ahead of October 5, are allowed to proceed provided they are strictly using only distance learning modalities and that there are no face-to-face classes. (RTP/PIA10)