MORE than 400,000 Kinder to Grade 12 students in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are expected to start school on October 5.
May Eclar, Department of Education (DepEd)-CAR director, said there are 400,099 students who will undergo blended learning next week.
Eclar noted an increase in the number of enrollees from all sectors across the eight school's division in the region for the school year 2020-2021 compared to last year.
She added that DepEd-CAR crafted its learning continuity operational plan (LCOP) with the main goal of ensuring that learning opportunities are available for all Cordilleran learners amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Ensuring the mental health and wellness of office and school personnel, parents, learners was top priority. Learning resources from the central office were contextualized by the regional office to come up with the guided home psychosocial support activities for elementary and secondary learners," she added.
Data showed the division of Abra prepared modular with audio or radio as complementary learning modules with Apayao blending modular and audio/visual instructions, while Baguio City and Benguet Province prefer blend of modular, TV, and radio-based instruction with online delivery as complementary.
The provinces of Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province favor modular learning delivery, while Tabuk City prefer blend of modular, online, TV and radio-based instruction.
Aside from the LCOP, Eclar said school heads and teachers were provided various capability building activities to make sure that they are well equipped with the needed knowledge and skills in managing their remote classes regardless of the learning modality that will be employed.
Partnerships were also officially sealed with the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) to deliver instructional packets from the school to the homes and facilitate learning for families where the parents cannot guide their children in accomplishing educational tasks.
The DepEd-CAR official added the partnership was also made together with Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Armed Forces of the Philippines 503rd Infantry Brigade set to help in the learning of learners and deliver instructional packets, Tangguyob Service Station offering free educational air time via facebook, City Savings Bank who donated photocopier, Mt. Province Broadcasting Center offering educational and advocacy air tome, Saint Louis University to offer continuous professional development program for teachers.