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DICT working with DepEd, CHED, TESDA to upskill teachers for online classes

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is now coordinating with other government agencies to train and upgrade the skills of teachers and prepare them for blended learning.

According to DICT spokesperson Adrian Echaus, the agency is now in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

"Makakatulong ito upang maihanda ang mga guro natin sa pagbabagong dala ng new normal sa education center," he said during the Laging Handa public briefing on Thursday.

"May mga training tayong ginagawa ng online learning management system, video conferencing platforms, and using online education resources," he added.

Echaus said teachers can access the webinars for free through the Facebook account of the DICT.

Earlier this week, the DepEd said face-to-face classes would not be held until a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 is available.

This in compliance to remarks made by President Rodrigo Duterte in May when he said he would not allow the opening of classes until a vaccine is developed.

His spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. later clarified that traditional face-to-face classes would not resume as long as community quarantines meant to curb the spread of the virus remain in place. — RSJ, GMA News