The solution? Utilize the existing electronics that every Filipinos’ are already using: Television and radio sets.
85 percent of the population may not have access to the Internet, but it is beyond doubt that the majority of the population has their own TVs and radios at home.
The potential of these two electronics to relay necessary knowledge to students are too big to ignore, that’s why the Department of Education will start airing its TV-Radio education modules beginning on July 15, a month before the official class starts.
The announcement was made by the Senate Basic Education Committee chair Sherwin Gatchalian.
Using TV and radio as an alternative learning tool is dubbed as a “StopGap” measure, to basically stop the possible gap that students will surely experience because of various health protocols, lack of necessary gadgets and Internet connection.
This is certainly a good news for the majority of parents who worries that distance-learning might hamper their children’s learning due to the limitations they have right now.
But even with the promising potential of the ‘StopGap’ initiative, Senator Gatchalian says that: “The solutions are not perfect. The outcome may not be perfect, but we have to start from somewhere. We have to do something.”
The Senator also conceded that students with Internet access certainly has the advantage to thrive in distance learning, but the ‘StopGap’ initiative is meant to reduce the gap that most students are experiencing right now.
In the case of those students who are located in the far-flung areas, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would provide radio transistors so they can easily adjust with the distance learning shift, but Senator Ralph Recto suggested that textbooks can be better for them instead of providing them with transistor radios.
But with this suggestion, Senator Recto also pointed out that providing textbooks for them might not be possible for the moment.
It was because of the slashed P963 million out of DepEd’s P1.8 billion budget for textbooks because of the government’s necessity to fund the curbing of COVID-19 in the Philippines.