I have been reading about this misconception here in the Philippines.
School is going to re-open this August. I heard and read a lot of complaints that they can not afford to send their children to school this year because it is now required to have a cellphone or tablet and an Internet connection for online learning!
I even read a story that was published (I don't know if it was true or fabricated) that a grandmother who can barely make ends meet had to spend the little saving she has to buy her grandson a smartphone.
I don't know why many people think that the only solution to get an education this year is online learning!
Here is the fact:
ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT THE ONLY OPTION!
So what are the other options
Modular learning - printed learning modules will be given to the parents once a week (probably every Monday). The learners will study at home with (hopefully) the guidance of their parents.
Pre-recorded teachings will be broadcasted over the radio and TV (I'm still not sure though who would do the recording since there are lots of schools in one area and very limited radio and tv stations)
The learners will submit the required activities by the end of each week (Thursdays or Fridays).
If necessary, teachers will do home visits to follow up. That's why the DepEd might tap on the retirees and new graduates to support the regular teachers. Hopefully, they will be hired part-time and not treated as volunteers. Even some amount for daily allowance would help them financially in this time of crisis.
Blended Learning - This is a combination of Modular learning and Online learning. The learners will have printed modules and will have access to online learning as well. The online class does not mean live online classes only. Pre-recorded videos of presentations will be made available for students for viewing.
I know that those who can't afford to have gadgets for online learning will be put into a disadvantage. On the other hand, if the learner is willing, he/she will do whatever he/she can do in order to make the best out of this situation.
I have witnessed a girl would study with a candle-light yet finished primary school on top of her class.
So far these are the options that I know that the DepEd is looking at. There still might be other solutions available.
I would like to ask my fellow Pinoys to share this information to their neighbors. Keep safe.