MANILA — Over 300,000 public school teachers have been trained on technology-based instruction, the Philippines' education department said Tuesday, as the country's education system prepares to shift to a new normal due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Monday, a total of 337,486 public school teachers were trained by the department's Educational Technology Unit on information and communications technology-based instruction, said Education Undersecretary Alain del Pascua.
The figure accounted for about 40 percent of the total public school teaching population, which is at over 800,000, said Del Pascua.
An additional 10,521 private school teachers were also trained by the DepEd, the official said.
Teachers, through webinars, were taught on authoring of interactive quizzes, e-book development, graphic design, and the use of various applications and learning management systems, among others.
The trained teachers only count those who have received certificates, but more educators have viewed the recordings of the webinars which are available online, said Del Pascua.
He said the DepEd would continue to hold webinars for parents and learners in July.
The DepEd is reviewing its budget to see if it could provide internet access allowance for teachers, according to Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.
In-person classes have been prohibited to avoid exposing students, teachers and school personnel to the risk of contracting the new coronavirus.
Schools are set to use online platforms, printed and digital modules, television and radio when classes formally start in August.
The DepEd said private schools may start the school year earlier but must first seek the approval of regional directors.