MANILA — Critics of government plans for remote learning to protect students from the coronavirus pandemic should provide alternative teaching methods, the Department of Education said Friday.
Traditional or face-to-face classes will remain banned in some areas when the school year starts on Aug. 24. This is why the authorities are preparing to give lessons through the internet, radio and television, said DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.
"We have 3 months to prepare. Hindi pa nga tayo nakaumpisa, sinasabi na nating ayaw natin," she said of detractors in a DZMM interview.
(We haven't started yet, but we're already saying we dislike this.)
"Ano ang alternatibo? Hindi lang magsabi tayong hindi iyan puwede," she added.
(What's the alternative? Let's not just say that something is not possible.)
Around 70 percent of teachers have tablet computers and almost 90 percent have smartphones that can be used for online lessons, said Briones.
Teachers will report to work in June to prepare for "blended learning," she said.
The DepEd also received partnership offers from several media networks for developing educational shows, she said.
"It has been done since the time of your grandparents. The challenge is to translate our existing curricula into the mode for radio and TV... to hold the attention of the learner," said the 79-year-old Secretary.
"Kung ayaw nilang papasukin ang mga bata maski online, ayaw nilang pag-aralin ano'ng alternative nila? Ano'ng gagawing ng mga bata sa loob ng isang taon sa loob ng kanilang bahay" she added.
(If they don't want the kids to study online, they don't want to send children to school, what's their alternative? What will the children do for one year inside their homes?)