Senator Sherwin Gatchalian aired his concerns over the use of television and radio as a mode of instruction on Saturday, July 18.
Part of the blended learning approach of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, TV and radio will be tapped to deliver education to learners all over the country.
Gatchalian considers the two media as the “most efficient” and the safest way of reaching students while at home. He shared that one option the government can consider is to utilize unused frequencies such as that of network ABS-CBN, the franchise renewal of which Congress denied on July 10. Gatchalian also noted that while this could be used to augment DepEd’s distance learning efforts, the government must also consider technical requirements such as the need for broadcast facilities and qualified personnel to operate it.
The senator mentioned as well that another path would if the private owner of ABS-CBN’s facilities agrees to lease these for the government’s use.
Classes were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were implemented nationwide due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic. DepEd will be adopting the combined use of TV, radio, and the internet as modes of instruction while face-to-face classes will be largely prohibited. Classes are set to formally open on August 24.
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