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Para ‘di mahirapan bata: Joy Belmonte supports adjustment of module activities to focus on essentials

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has thrown her support behind the Department of Education’s (DepEd) memorandum allowing schools to determine which activities in the Self Learning Modules (SLMs) may be considered as optional for students.

Belmonte said she understands the challenges faced by students across all grade levels since education has abruptly transitioned to modular and online systems due to the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19).

“Due to the pandemic, all systems including the academic institutions had to find a way to continue working despite the physical limitations. This brought in several challenges to our students and teachers,” she said.

DepEd Memorandum OUCI 2020-307 also gives schools the discretion to be flexible with the time allotted for the submission of activities, taking into consideration the students’ circumstances.

The Quezon City Education Affairs Unit has begun an evaluation of the blended learning modes for basic education to determine if the current support of the local government is sufficient for the needs of the schools.