DepEd-Pagadian distributes P23-M
worth of modules to learners
The Department of Education (DepEd) ensures that all children have access to quality basic education for SY 2020-2021 amidst the crisis brought about by the threat of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In an interview, City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Danny Cordova told the Philippine Information Agency that under the new normal, DepEd city division continues to provide self-learning modules (SLMs) to children as face-face classes are not allowed due to the pubic health situation.
Cordova said that after the 1st quarter of the learners’ study, the city division further distributed P23-M worth of SLMs for the 2nd quarter of the school year.
Cordova added that in implementing modular distance learning modalities, the agency has not encountered any problems with learners as thick hardbound modules were distributed last January 4.
He added that despite the agency’s lack of funds to implement the learning strategy, the local government unit (LGU) in Pagadian is very active in supporting the city division by allocating an additional P13-M fund from the special education fund (SEF) for printing modules.
He said that with the help of the city government, a number of bond papers are kept in one classroom and there are also state of the art printers in the division office that can be used when the modules in the schools are lacking.
It can be recalled that in the first quarter of the school year, 124 reams of bond papers were given to each school under the city division.
The DepEd official also happily announced that part of the learning strategy, teachers made home visits to children living in remote villages where they taught and explained to the children the content of the modules so that they could fully understand it.
In highly urbanized barangays, Cordova said teachers have created a chatroom where they can talk online with learners to teach them the questions contained within the SLMs.
As for learners who do not have gadgets that can be used to connect to the internet, Cordova said they can directly call their teachers to ask what they do not understand in the subject areas within SLMs because their teachers have already provided them with contact numbers.
“The learning strategies implemented by the Pagadian City Division have helped the children facilitate their understanding of the modules as they continue their basic education during this COVID-19 pandemic,” Cordova concluded. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)