BANGUED, Abra, June 3(PIA) --With President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement that no vaccine for the corona virus disease (COVID-19), no physical or face to face classes, the Abra Schools Division Office (SDO) is consulting Abrenians on alternative learning modalities applicable in the province.
Schools Division Superintendent Gloria Buya-ao said despite the challenges that the nation is all facing, education must go on. Process have to be modified though to conform with the calls of the time.
In a press briefing on "Oplan Balik Eskwela" over DZPA station on Monday, Department of Education(DepEd)- SDO officials discussed enrolment procedures and alternative modes of learning that would be adopted at this time of health pandemic.
Using the Learner Enrolment and Survey Form (LESF), school authorities would determine the modality to be utilized in the delivery of basic education services.
Assistant Supt. Christopher Benigno explained that pursuant to DepEd Order No. 07, s. 2020, schools and community learning centers under the supervision of regional and Schools Division Offices are authorized to decide on the specific learning modality which is deemed appropriate in their context and in conformity with the current situation of a local area.
School Governance Operations and Division Chief Lemuel Dickson explained that the primary process will be remote enrolment as a precautionary measure against Covid-19. Here, class advisers are instructed to bring enrolment forms and other printed materials to the learners.
Remote enrolment process must be exhausted first before resorting to physical enrollment in schools, he said.
Buya-ao is seeking the help of barangays officials in the distribution on enrolment forms and other printed materials for the convenience of students and pupils.
Officials reported that Abra SDO has already conducted a preliminary survey on Alternative Delivery Mode among 11,371 respondents which is about 23 percent of the total learners of the province.
The survey results indicate that 56.8 percent opt for Physical Reporting, 26 percent for Modular Method and the rest for Online Platform.
Education Program Supervisor Benjo Agaloos said they will be reprogramming their survey to per district in order to determine which appropriate method to be used in a particular district.
The DepEd earlier set school opening in August 24 before the President made his "no vaccine, no physical classes" statement. School teachers are continually being oriented on the adjustments to be made for the "Oplan Balik Eskwela" due to Covid-19 rules and restrictions. (JDP/CAGT-PIA CAR, Abra)