A SERIES of pilot testing for the new learning delivery methods will be implemented this week in select schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Georaloy Palao-ay, information officer of the Department of Education (DepEd)-CAR, said the conduct of the pilot testing seeks to identify areas of improvement needed in the different learning methods before its full implementation on August 24, the start of this year's school year.
"The pilot testing will be done on different days and at different division schools for kinder, grade five, including the senior high," Palao-ay added.
Another simulation will also be conducted for alternative learning system (ALS) and special education (Sped), said Palao-ay.
Palao-ay said the pilot testing will determine what subject, learning areas will be employed and what areas would need improvement and how learning materials will be delivered.
DepEd-CAR is currently collating the results of the learner enrolment survey form indicating what learning modes are preferred in the region, which will be included in the school improvement plan to serve as basis for budgeting procedures and what support local government units can provide.
Palao-ay explained the importance of including the parents in the pilot testing who will play a big role in the implementation of the simulation process, and on what other areas they can help improve the education methods that would benefit their children.
"We are hoping that our supervisors will discuss this pilot testing with the parents who are included because they will play a big role here once this is implemented for this school year," he said.
Meanwhile, DepEd-CAR is looking at an increased enrolment this year due to the remote enrolment or the drop-box system.
Palao-ay said that as of July 10, there are already 304,556 enrollees in public schools in CAR.
"Last year, we recorded around 368,000 enrollees but usually every school year, there is an increase in enrollees in the public schools so we hope that as we go on even when we start this schools year, there would be additional enrollees," Palao-ay added.
He said that for the private schools, DepEd-CAR noted around 11.71 percent or around 10,000 enrolment compared to last year's enrolment of close to 88,000.
Palao-ay pointed out that enrollment is still ongoing in private schools and will be collated once school opens.