CHED hit for making flexible learning a new standard
MANILA – Youth groups criticized the Higher Education Commission (CHED) decision to continue implementing flexible learning in the years to come, saying it would exacerbate the problems facing students and teachers as part of the new configuration.
National President of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, Jandeil Roperos, said the new policy would worsen the financial, mental and emotional hardships students face with flexible learning.
It would also “jeopardize the quality of education which is their right,” said Roperos.
“Face-to-face lessons remain the most inclusive and accessible option for education. If CHED wants to pursue extended flexible learning, do they at least offer gadget and login support to those who need it? She said in a statement.
“It’s been a month since the lockdown, and frankly, the flurry of calls for academic breaks and academic facilities are taking place to reflect how exhausting and unsustainable the current configuration of learning is,” he said. she adds.
The Kabataan party list described the new policy as “gross neglect of the education sector”.
“Teachers and students are grappling with the lack of internet infrastructure and modular learning,” the group said.
He also called on the commission to “support calls to provide grants to students and teachers and to allocate funds for the safe return to face-to-face lessons.”
Kabataan representative Sarah Elago said that not all students and teachers who have conformed to flexible learning “have adapted to the current learning configuration which is still far from flexible”.
“It has taken a toll on the health and well-being of students and teachers as they struggle with online lessons, experience stress and anxiety amid health and economic crises,” a- she said in a post on Twitter.
As part of flexible learning, which was implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Philippine colleges and universities are learning through a mix of online (virtual classrooms) and offline (modules and other printed materials).
Many students and teachers complained about unreliable internet connectivity and excessive workload due to the new way of teaching.
During a webinar on Friday, CHED President Prospero de Vera said the commission had adopted a policy to continue flexible learning even after the pandemic.
The return of face-to-face classes will expose education stakeholders to “the same risks if another pandemic were to occur” and “would have wasted all investments in technology, in teacher training, in the modernization of our facilities”, a- he declared.
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