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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. 

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Yes, I agree with you that apart from online learning there are many more options present for the students to learn as explained nicely by you in the post! Education through the TV and getting printable materials is one of the cheapest way of learning the things!
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Yup. And everyone must know that online learning is not the only option. 
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Agreed! It is our duty to tell about the thing to the people who are ignorant!
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There are still many issues about education since the classroom lesson is not an option anymore. Or is it? I myself have some questions like the parents may not be there at home to assist the student.
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Classroom lesson is less likely to be an option. But I could not totally say that it is not. 

You have a valid concern there. That's my concern as a parent actually and the reason why we pulled out our kid from the private school. The school is not offering purely modular. 

We are opting for modular since both of us are working... well, probably we would be working from home from time to time. But assuming we are out at work during day time, we could guide our son in the evening or before we go to work. 

Our advantage on our part, however, is my wife is a K2 teacher and I also teach part-time in a private school. 

The DepEd is considering a lot of possible issues like this one actually.  
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The concept of learning needs a make over or a revamp as it is called.  One needs to think out of the box. Having said that one does not have to have degrees to make a living. 
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With the things happening now... everything is outside the box. There is no one-solution-fit-all scenario here. I believe each school is having some unique problems depending on their location.
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Well said. In my country also poor students getting suffered due to this online classes. They are not able to buy smart phone or laptop. The government should know this and take necessary action on this. 
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That news about a poor grandmother who bought a cellphone for her grandson is true and it isn't fabricated. 
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That's the sad part. And that's why I made this post. No one has to buy anything new just to continue learning. The DepEd is making adjustments for the learners and it is not the other way around. They are not forcing any learners to take the online learning option.

I think the mainstream media should emphasize this more often. But up to now, most people in rural areas still believe that the only option is online learning.  
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I respect your opinion about it. Marginalized people cannot afford to have this option. It will be a big burden on them.
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That is true. I think I read an article that the DepEd secretary announced these options. But as it is, few people know about the other options. Even yesterday, some parents still think that the only option is online learning. 
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I agree with the printed learning module and also training the kids when there is blackout or lack of internet options. So we have to prepare for this type of the stuff in near future. We don't know what china may do to rest of us in near future. 
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I think you're right. People should definitely see a broader picture and that is that not everyone has a possibility of joining the online school.
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