Sumary of Distance learning struggle continues:
- First of two partsSophia Enriquez is not exactly raring to go back to school.
- It is not just the grade schooler’s fear of Covid-19 – there’s also her experience last year as the pandemic forced a drastic switch to distance learning nationwide.
- “It was hard to learn on my own,” said Enriquez, who studies in a public school – a sector that’s been particularly challenged by the shift in teaching methods.
- She cited difficulties understanding lessons, the additional hurdle of learning to use gadgets and software, and having to deal with the Philippines’ notoriously poor telecommunications services.
- High schooler Gian Barreto, who also studies in a public secondary school, was critical of the self-learning modules (SLMs) issued by the Department of Education (DepEd).
- Teachers similarly struggled and many experienced the same problems as their students – poor internet connections, difficulties with lessons, etc.
- – with the added worry of whether their wards were getting the proper schooling.
- } “Nothing can beat face-to-face learning,” teacher Paul John Dawal from Baay National High School in Abra said.