PASIG CITY, March 29, 2022 – Following the progressive expansion of face-to-face classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) is developing a learning recovery plan framework to guide schools in addressing learning gaps due to pandemic-related disruptions.
“As more schools open their doors for physical learning, the Department is currently crafting a learning recovery program as part of our post-pandemic efforts. We have to ensure that our interventions are effective so that everyone can catch up and accelerate their learning,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
During the EduAksyon press conference on March 11, Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Alma Torio highlighted that the proposed policy is anchored on learning remediation and intervention, professional development, health, safety, and wellness.
“Ito po yung mga istratehiya na minumungkahi po ng CI strand upang matugunan yung learning gaps at para ma-accelerate yung learning po natin. Kasama po diyan yung extending school calendar, expanding ng learning time, establishing learning support center in schools and community-based learning spaces, conduct summer learning remediation and intervention programs, and hiring of additional learning support aides,” Asec. Torio noted.
Moreover, DepEd plans to intensify its reading interventions, conduct regular home visits and follow-ups, implement physical and virtual study groups/buddy systems, establish literacy at home and in the community, tap the services of parent or guardian teacher-volunteers, and develop appropriate assessment tasks and resources.
Meanwhile, physical and online learning action cell sessions, adaptive teaching strategies and classroom assessments, and a shift from the traditional approach to tailored acceleration are being eyed for the professional development of teachers.
“Kasama rin po sa framework natin para sa safe na pagbabalik ng ating mga mag-aaral sa paaralan ay yung probisyon sa health, safety, at wellness. Under this concept, we would like to address the socio-emotional and behavioral recovery of learners. We will strengthen the Oplan Kalusugan and focus on child protection/child online protection, and establishment of helplines/ health lines,” Asec. Torio said.
Asec. Torio noted that Phase 1 of the implementation is set to begin this Summer 2022, where immediate and short-term strategies/interventions will be conducted. Phase 2, which covers the building on learning and longer-term improvements, will be implemented in SY 2022-2023, while Phase 3 will be on SY 2023-2024 and beyond, where long-term sustainable improvements will be accelerated and innovated.
In addition, Asec. Torio credited \teachers, parents, local government units, and stakeholders for ensuring the Filipino youth’s learning continuity.
“Nagpapasalamat din kami sa tulong ng ating mga guro, magulang, LGUs, at lahat ng mga stakeholders po natin. Nakita po natin na dahil po sa tulong nila, tuloy-tuloy po ang pag-aaral ng ating mga mag-aaral,” she said.