Here’s Why DepEd Oppose ‘Academic Freeze’
DEPED – The Department of Education (DepEd) explained why they oppose the growing call for an ‘academic freeze.”
The Philippines is among the countries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has shattered the economy of the country. Officials admitted that the funds of the government are near depletion.
Despite the calls of the parents, groups, and teachers to delay classes, DepEd prepared a different type of teaching method and move the opening of classes.
In a previous article, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the deferment of classes in public schools is a bad idea. He said “’Yung mga concerns namin is some private schools have already started classes. My kids have already started classes and many of the people I know, their children have already begun their classes.”
“If we delay it some more, ang iniiwasan natin na magiging dehado or behind ang ating mga public elementary at high school students,” he added.
Based on a report from ABS-CBN, the call for academic frees has been trending on social media after an online petition through Change.org addressed to the Department of Education cited reason why this school year should be canceled.
In the petition posted by a user behind “The Ruins,” argued that “not everybody has the means to adapt to the new normal type of schooling.”
“Having online learning as an alternative to educate learners is proven to be uneffective and insufficient,” it added.
According to the report, DepEd explained why they dismissed the calls for an academic freeze. Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the suspension of classes in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis was a “shortsighted” solution.
“We believe that this call for academic freeze is a populist position that is not popular, because we already have the support of as many as 24 million learners and their parents who have enrolled and are ready to participate in distance learning…”
“This position is also a short-sighted position. It does not take into consideration the trade-off of prolonged interruption in the learning process of the children,” he added.
Under DepEd’s “new normal” classes, learning will be delivered via online classes, tv and radio, and printed digital modules. Based on the report, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said dry runs are underway before the opening of classes on October 5.
“It’s not as if biglaan na lang tayo magbukas ng ating mga eskuwelahan by October 5, dahil, more or less, alam na natin kung ano ang mga challenges at atin na itong tinugunan,” Briones said.
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