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Teachers' group party-list: Grades should not include attendance, recitation under new normal setup

The grading system for students should not give weight to attendance and recitation under a new normal classroom setup amid the COVID-19 pandemic where physical distancing is required, a lawmaker said Friday.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT Teachers) Party-list Representative France Castro made the call after the Department of Education announced that classes will resume on August 24 and students will either go to class physically or learn online at home.

Castro said attendance and recitation could not be given much weight as it used to, considering that not all households are equipped with fast internet connection and a laptop, and not all students have parents who could look after their learning on full time.

“Dapat baguhin na ang grading system. Noon, ang mga teachers conscious sa attendance at recitation. Ngayon, dapat output-based lang talaga at depende rin sa access sa internet,” Castro said in a Dobol B sa News TV interview.

“Experimentation kasi ito eh. Kung lectures, puwede online, pero may ibang lessons na kailangan ng direct observation ng mga estudyante. Mahalaga rin ang papel ng magulang rito sa new normal, pero alam naman natin na nagtatrabaho rin ang mga magulang, at iyong ibang magulang naman, hindi naman nila naabot ang antas ng pag-aaral katulad ng anak nila. Paano nila matuturuan ang anak nila kung ganoon?” she added.

Castro then said that since the school opening has been delayed by two months, the Education department can distribute books to the students starting June so the students can brush up on their reading and comprehension skills ahead of the school opening under a new normal.

“Sana by June or July ma-distribute na iyong books sa mga bata, lalo na at may panahon para matutukan ang reading comprehension skills nila,” she added.

When the Philippines first participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam in 2018, it ended up as the worst performer by ranking last out of 79 countries in a reading literacy assessment conducted by the inter-government group Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 600,000 students aged 15 years old around the world. —AOL, GMA News