By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube video by Imee Marcos
Sen. Imee Marcos interviewed over Radyo Agila hosted by Laila Tumanan and DepEd Usec Antonio Umali
No One Size Fits All
Give the authority to decide to the different school boards nationwide for education, Senator Imee Marcos said. There’s no one size fits all. One city’s educational needs and capacity differ from another. Internet learning is not reliable at this time. Many do not have access at all. Radio and TV systems can’t pin down learners and they need programs conducive to the curriculum. There are budget constraints also. It is better to just identify a learning center that students can go to at flexible times to get the materials and other tutorials necessary for each learner, added Marcos.
Take the pandemic as an opportunity to instill independent learning appropriate to the interest of the student. The school gives guidelines and the student can research according to what one needs to learn according to the chosen interest or career path. Memorization exercises must not be a priority. It’s the experience of how to think in making the best out of the situation that matters, Marcos explained.
Defer Face to Face to 2021
Revisions on the law are already undertaken. It’s now the call of the Department of Education to move the opening of classes next year instead of August 24. The realization of the blended systems of online and module strategies is still unknown. This is a trial and error strategy for Education Secretary Leonor Briones. She might be confident to fulfill it as per the schedule but the rest of the local schools are still clueless on how to implement it. This change in the education system simply needs time.