Parents line up to pick up modules in a school in Puerto Princesa. (File photo)

The Department of Education (DepEd) in MIMAROPA said Thursday that children in kindergarten through third grade, as well as senior high school (SHS) students, struggled the most with blended learning last year.

Education regional director Nicolas Capulong stated in an online briefing on September 9 that after their questionnaires revealed that they had the greatest difficulties in non-face-to-face courses, a pilot test for conducting face-to-face sessions for these student groups may be explored.

“If ever, ang isasama sa pilot ng face-to-face ay Kinder to Grade 3 at SHS, dahil based sa survey, sila ‘yong mga pinaka nahirapan na sumagot at mag-aral on their own,” he said.

“Kami sa region ay nagpapanukala na magsulong ng pilot [test] para sa face-to-face. Kapag sinabi naming panukala, ito ang mga eskwelahan na may sapat na kahandaan. Ito ay pilot lang, piling-pili muna ang mga eskuwelahan,” he added.

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He added that there are certain criteria that schools need to be in low-risk areas and must secure an endorsement from their respective local government units (LGUs). Also, students will not be forced to attend face-to-face classes if they are not comfortable with the setup.

“I would like to emphasize na we will still be holding non-face-to-face classes, or still blended or distant learning. Wala munang papasok pa sa mga paaralan dahil hindi pa pumapayag ang ating presidente,” he added.

Last year, the DepEd also called for recommendations on which schools were eligible for face-to-face classes. The city DepEd of Puerto Princesa submitted seven schools in far-flung barangays. The pilot test was eventually canceled after President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he would not allow face-to-face classes for the remainder of the school year.

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