HAPPENING: 24.7M students are back to school via distance learning amid pandemic

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Students stay at home while families take more active participation in educating children under the new normal. Screengrab from DepEd video.

HAPPENING: 24.75 million Filipino students from both public and private institutions have gone back to school on Monday via distance learning amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that disallows regular classroom education.

The students are being taught at home through modules, radio, television, and internet learning modes that were adopted by the Philippines amid the new normal of schooling. Teachers are also holding learning sessions from their own homes while the parents have been tasked to provide active guidance to their children.

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The Department of Education – Philippines (DepEd Philippines) formally opened the Schoolyear 2020-2021 after postponements during a virtual Welcome Ceremony that was live-streamed and broadcasted on social media on October 5, 2020.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones led the opening of classes that began with a simultaneous nationwide flag-raising ceremony on the day that also coincided with the celebration of World Teachers’ Day (WTD).

Reports from DepEd Centers throughout the country were also provided during the 5-hour program.

DepEd shared Hotlines to address concerns about the new modes of education.

Ahead of the schoolyear opening, various organizations and individuals initiated efforts to provide Filipino students the educational tools to help them cope with the new normal of schooling.

Taguig rolled out Tele-Aral Program hotlines to assist learners while Makati City distributed learner’s packages with OTG flash drives, Manila provided free tablets, laptops, and WiFi gadgets to public school children and teachers while Cavite provided free internet access for public school students.

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