Commission on Higher Education Chair Prospero De Vera has clarified his statement with regards to colleges and universities’ readiness on opening classes amid the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic.
De Vera said earlier during an online press briefing, “We are ready to open [classes] this August. No ifs, no buts. Learning must continue. We learn as one, we are ready.”
According to the CHED Chair, the said statement was taken out of context in a news report, resulting in the commission being criticized by netizens as being “uncaring” and “insensitive.” De Vera clarified that he was not referring to the resumption of “regular” or face-to-face classes, but rather, classes under a flexible learning approach.
“The context behind the said quote is that the Commission recognizes the Bayanihan spirit of the HEIs (higher educational institutions) to help other HEIs, especially those in far-flung areas to prepare them for flexible learning when classes resume in August,” said De Vera.
CHED describes flexible learning as the “design and delivery of programs, courses, and learning interventions that address learners’ unique needs in terms of place, pace, process, and products of learning.” Under this approach, both digital and non-digital technology will be utilized to cover both in-person learning as well as out-of-classroom modes of education.
De Vera earlier expressed concern over colleges and universities in far-flung areas’ capacity to conduct training programs or gather resources for the opening of classes in August. As a result, CHED launched the HiED Bayanihan, wherein prepared colleges and universities could share best practices and provide training for professors in smaller higher education institutions.
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