The impact of COVID 19 on education is felt worldwide. About 1.1B learners are affected by the Pandemic with 123 country-wide closures. Studies show that long vacation of students breaks the rhythm of instruction, leads to forgetting, and requires a significant amount of review material when they return to school. The President himself expressed admiration of the program of the DepEd on learning delivery. On the question of funding, he said he will scrape the barrel. Indeed, the government puts high priority to Education amidst the Pandemic. According to PRRD “ I will not allow the opening of classes na dikit dikit ang mga bata para sa akin bakuna muna, pag andyan ang bakuna okay na.” The Department of Education ( DepEd) is one with the President in his non-negotiable commitment for the health and safety of our learners, teachers, and staff.It is the first and most important principle of our Basic-Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) which details learning opportunities in the time of COVID-19.
The bottom-line, No to F2F until safe. Having this non-negotiable condition, there are to important questions to answer. Education must continue. Sulong Edukalidad marks the reshaping of education in the country. Months before the COVID 19 attack, the OUCI Deped Office of Undersecretary Curriculum and Instruction started reviewing the curriculum with the banner program: KITE. K to 12 review and update. I – Improvement of learning environment. Teacher upskill and reskilling through a modified professional development program. E – Engagement of all stakeholders for support and collaboration.
Initiated by Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones, the K to 12 curriculum review is not just meant to fulfill one of the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 10533 to review the curriculum but is also part of her commitment to ensure quality, relevant and liberating education for all.