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Teachers in remote areas struggle to deliver modules

Teachers in remote areas are struggling to deliver modules to their students as the country transitions into a blended learning system amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to Chino Gaston’s report on “24 Oras,” teachers in Matalam, Cotabato persevered through muddy and uneven terrain in a four-hour motorcycle ride to deliver modules.

In Baybay South Elementary School in Leyte, teachers are still busy making the modules. They have sought help from the local government in distributing the learning materials.

“Nag-need kami ng help sa mga barangay captains, sa mga opisyales ng barangay para mag tulong sa mga teachers na mag hatid ng mga modules at mag-retrieve ng mga modules galing sa mga bata,” school principal Leslie Arbiol said.

However, other teachers are also having problems with just printing the materials for the modules.

A teacher of the Pinaldupan Elementary School in Albay admitted that she was having difficulty in preparing the modules as no budget was given by the Department of Education.

“Maraming modules ang kailangan para sa mga bata. And yet hindi sapat ang budget na hawak ng mga kaguruan. Kaya kung titignan natin sa social media, talagang bumabaha ng solicitation ang mga teachers ngayon,” Krishna Iglesia said.

Meanwhile, even parents took part in preparing for the resumption of classes.

At the Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School, which has the largest number of enrollees in the province, parents and teachers held face-to-face orientations.

To avoid a surge in people, the school made a schedule per grade. Physical distancing and other health protocols were also implemented. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM, GMA News