School supplies still necessary —DepEd

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has responded to the queries of parents and guardians as to whether school supplies are still required for the upcoming school year, amid the transition to distance learning.

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said on Wednesday that learners may still need to take notes via notebooks, pens, and pencils, however, they can also use digital notebooks to do so.

While blended learning — the combined use of television, radio, the Internet, and printed materials — will be adopted when classes open on October 5, DepEd clarified that the self-learning modules(SLMs) should not be written on, hence, the need to have pen and paper for note-taking or problem-solving.

DepEd has proposed that television and radio-based instruction, as delivered under its DepEd TV and DepEd Radio projects, be implemented permanently as learning modalities. The education bureau’s aim is to produce up to 220 episodes per week, featuring teachers as teacher-broadcasters. A number of the Philippines’ top broadcasters will be helping train the teacher-broadcasters, such as Jessica Soho, Karen Davila, Korina Sanchez, and Kim Atienza, led by Luchi Cruz-Valdez and Paolo Bediones.