Education Situation in the Philippines During Covid-19 Pandemic
By ABConservation - Updated on 2022/01/15
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Since the outbreak of covid-19 middle of January 2020, COVID-19 has caused a large damage in the Philippines and like any critical sector, educational sectors have been hit hard. Students, schools, colleges, and universities have been deeply affected. Philippines is one of the countries has ordered nationwide school closure to contain the covid-19 pandemic and reduce the number of infected in the country. Students don’t have formal classes from March 2020 to October 2020 and don’t have face-face class for almost 2 years in the Philippines.
This becomes a problem to many parents...
It is pity seeing many children are on street that they should be in school during this time and learning!
The so called new normal “of the Philippines Educational system” brought challenges to many children, parents, and teachers.
Student from public schools now is enrolled under the modular learning system of where students will be provided with the sets of self-learning materials that distributed to parents and guardians of the student. This printed module includes discussions, instructions, and activities for the students provided every week. Students are expected to complete the task and complete their outputs at the end of the week but learning on their own pace is difficult for the primary student. Parents and guardian force to act as teacher for their children specially for the primary student who needs guidance in reading and answering their schoolwork. This becomes a problem to many parents and guardians since they can’t give full attention to their children to teach them and not all parents are well equipped with proper education to teach their children
they don’t have access to computers at home...
One problem also is that many Filipino students live in deep poverty they don’t have access to computers at home, they don’t have gadgets they can use for studies, don’t have extra money to buy loads for their phones and a bad internet connection.
For universities and some private schools, they are practicing blended learning program where students receive instruction through online classes, video recordings, video conferencing but still they are facing the common problem. The poor internet connectivity and the capacity of the student to have electronic gadgets to use in their study especially students who are in university that not all students are capable of having the gadgets they need for their study.
Because of uncertainties many students chose to stop studying because they think studying during pandemic under the normal mode of learning is not worth it.
The way of education now here in the Philippines is worsen by the pandemic the prolong ban of face-to-face learning not allowing the children to go to school, not having a social interaction, and not having a proper way of learning may result to a long-term problem to students. This kind of learning may raise a mental health issue in children. They are not made for this kind of isolation even they perform well in online or in module it’s still different if they are able to see, feel and talk with their classmates and teacher. Even student is learning under new normal mode but learning with teachers is far way better.
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