PAMPANGA

Pangan: Overwhelmed!

At Close Range

TO SAY the young learners were confused, even bewildered, of their learning modules is an understatement beginning at the opening of classes on October 5, 2020.

Our schoolchildren deserve the best attention one can give, no more, no less. If we are so fixated with the national budget, then the more we should focus on their welfare and betterment. After all, we all believe they are our future.

After several months of the irritating pandemic, we have become perhaps used to it that we should use it as scapegoat or even to be mediocre in our actions and behavior. If we succumb entirely to its threat, then we bid goodbye to all our good plans and projects for our family and country.

What is this I've read that there were students who were overwhelmed by tasks under the new normal way of learning?

A Grade 9 student from General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite was reported as weeping in the middle of the night, according to her mother who persisted in asking her the reason why she was crying. Her reason for weeping: she was afraid that she would not be able to finish her requirements in time for collection the next day, or that the teacher would not accept them.

In my household, a son, a Grade 12 student, accomplished his week-long load of modules in one sitting only because he focused entirely on them instead of dong internet games to which he is addicted, mind.

The girl in this story was expected to finish within a week three weeks' work of homework for her entrepreneurship class. She was just one among the scores of students who found themselves overwhelmed and overworked under the new way of learning.

Where lies the problem, then? Is the shortcoming attributable solely to the student or the Department of Education (DepEd)? Is the approach wrong and fractured? Remember, DepEd has one of the biggest allocations in our national budget and should not commit blunders in the students' instructions. It should review its methods and modules posthaste to justify its existence; otherwise, the lawmakers should block its budget and give it a pittance of P1.00 a year!

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On the other side of the story, a student was reported to have committed suicide after a teacher rejected his unfinished module, as well as the pressure and difficulty in using the learning materials. Sus, who is to blame for the sad and tragic story?


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