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DepEd Calls on Parents to Supervise Children's Learning Under “New Normal”

Though there are online tools available, parents are urged to guide their children.
by Clara Rosales
Apr 29, 2020

The Department of Education asked parents on April 29 to supervise their children’s learning during the COVID-19 quarantine.

According to DepEd ICT Service Director Abram Abanil, the agency needs the parents’ assistance in guiding students and learners adjust to the “new normal.”

“Kailangan talaga namin ng tulong ninyo dito with regards sa pag-aaral ng ating mga kabataan sa new normal. Ang ating mga teachers ay very limited na ngayon ang situation nila, mahirap talaga ‘yong conditions,” Abanil said at a press briefing.

The agency has made virtual learning materials available on for free for Smart and Globe users through DepEd Commons, an online learning portal students can access from their electronic devices.

DepEd is also looking into alternative modes of learning that can help students sustain learning outside the classroom. However, Abanil clarified that it is best that parents aid their children while learning remotely.

“Ang DepEd, makapagbigay kami ng mga activities, makapagbigay kami ng tools sa inyo using technology pero nasa magulang talaga ang pag-supervise ng mga bata para gagamitin itong mga tools at mga activities na ito para matuloy naman ang pag-aaral ng ating mga kabataan,” Abanil said. 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes have been suspended since March in some areas. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier recommended moving the opening of classes from June to September.

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