AMID the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) decided to streamline its learning competencies for school year 2020-2021.
Salustiano Jimenez, DepEd 7 Director, said the DepEd central office, with the consultation of all the bureau directors and the regional directors, decided to come up with the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC) to be developed among the learners in the coming school year.
Jimenez said: “We saw that among all subject areas, there are competencies that can be developed while doing the MELC. We give more focus on the MELC.”
Learning competencies, according to DepEd, refer to “the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that students need to demonstrate in every lesson and/or learning activity.”
Jimenez said in order to guide DepEd on how to continue with education while taking into consideration the safety and health of the learners, teachers and their personnel, they developed the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP).
He said as part of DepEd’s LCP, the K to 12 curriculum is streamlined to 5,689 MELCs from the original 14,171 MELCs or is reduced by 60 percent.
He said: “Of course it does not mean that learners are learning less. The other competencies are subsumed in the most essential learning competencies. Possibly fewer hours if in school but more activities at home.”
He also said that for private schools, it does not follow that if using online or blended mode of learning, the tuition will be discounted.
He said under the “Sulong EduKalidad,” DepEd’s battle cry moving forward, the K to 12 curriculum review and update is one of its reform areas.
He said: “That’s what we’re prioritizing now amid this crisis. We tried to find a solution that’s suitable for these challenging times. It would be difficult for us to go all the way since we’ll be using different modalities in the delivery of instructions and lessons.”
DepEd has announced that classes for school year 2020-2021 will start on August 24, but students do not have to report physically.
While the streamlined curriculum will be used this school year, Jimenez said this will still be subject for review in the coming years. (WBS)