SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian called on local government units (LGUs) to initiate dry-runs on the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) of the Department of Education (DepEd) before classes reopen in August. As the DepEd is set to conduct its own dry-run for distance learning in the first week of August, Gatchalian, who heads the Senate basic education, culture and arts committee, said LGU-led dry runs would identify both “pain points and solutions for a smoother implementation of the localized LCP”.
He said LGUs should design their dry-runs based on the most preferred modalities of learning delivery among their constituents.
Navotas, for instance, distributed boxes containing textbooks, self-learning modules, activity sheets, and school supplies.
The Schools Division Office of Alaminos, Pangasinan is also showcasing how both modular and online learning can be delivered.
Alternative modes of learning delivery under the LCP include modular learning or use of printed and digital modules, online learning, and the use of radio and television. DepEd’s Learner Enrollment Survey Form (LESF) includes a portion where students identify their available devices and preferred modalities for learning delivery.
According to DepEd, 7.2 million enrollees prefer modular learning, television and radio-based instruction and other modalities while 2 million prefer online learning.
Since connectivity is a challenge to most learners and modular learning is most preferred, Gatchalian said LGUs should have a dry-run on the distribution of printed self-learning modules.
Aside from ensuring a safe and efficient distribution of these modules, the lawmaker added that it was equally important to assess whether learners were effectively absorbing the lessons.
Gatchalian emphasized that students should be able to progress to the next grade level by the end of the school year.
While some LGUs that initiated their own dry-runs on blended learning serve as examples, Gatchalian said it was crucial to establish and understand the context in which these local governments are implementing the LCP.
Results of these dry-runs could also lead to an exchange of best practices among regions, he said.