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DepEd simplifies curriculum for SY 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 impact

The Department of Education is working to simplify the curriculum to its most "most essential" lessons for the adjusted schedule of opening of classes –from June to August –due to delays caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV on Wednesday, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the curriculum will be changed  in light of the possible adjusted period of the School Year 2020-2021.

“Ang isang ginagawa ng aming Bureau of Curriculum  Development of Curriculum Instruction—kahapon lang nag-meeting kami with the Secretary—binabalangkas nila yung most essential learning competencies mula sa curriculum,” he said.

“In other words, ‘yung curriculum natin na malawak, ‘yan ang titignan kung ano ang most essential at ‘yan ang magiging prayoridad na i-deliver through various modalities,” he added.

Due to the threat of COVID-19, DepEd announced that classes will start in August instead of June, noting that the physical attendance of students depends on the Inter-Agency Task Force.

The department eyes for different modes of learning and teaching as it considers the safety of students and teachers, as well as the continuity of the education program.

Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday encouraged students to continue their learning in June as she offers them to subscribe to their online educational platform "DepEd Commons."

According to Malaluan, the DepEd Commons is somewhat a dry run for the resumption of class in August. Currently, it has 4,236,667 subscribers.

Aside from the online platform, DepEd is looking for other modes of learning for disadvantaged students who have no access to the internet.  —Joviland Rita/LBG, GMANews