THE project of the Department of Education (DepEd) dubbed as ‘DepEd Commons’ needs the support of traditional media, particularly television and radio, to ensure accessibility to students during the enhanced community quarantine, said a Metro Manila lawmaker.
Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas suggested that television and radio should complement DepEd’s online learning program to ensure the success of DepEd Commons’ online platform aimed to deliver basic education to Filipino students while coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) continues to pose threat to the country’s health and welfare.
DepEd’s data shows that four million students, mostly in high school, have already accessed and have their learning assisted by the DepEd Commons.
To date, the program is available for free and can be accessed by Globe and TM powered smartphones.
Vargas pointed out that accessibility is a pressing issue that needs to be immediately addressed if DepEd expects this project to reach its full potential.
“We have nearly 23 million students, between kinder and senior high school, in our public schools, and so far, only 4 million have accessed DepEd Commons. According to InternetLiveStats, with an elaboration of data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 56.5% of our population simply, still, do not have access to internet,” the lawmaker pointed out.
Citing data from the 2013 Functional Literacy, Education, and Mass Media Survey by the Philippine Statistics Authority, 81% of Filipinos aged 10 to 64 are exposed to television, followed by the exposure to radio, with 65.5%, making these two medium a perfect support to the online format of DepEd Commons.
“The faster we can engage TV and radio in this project, the sooner we can address the problem of continuing the education of our children despite COVID-19,” Vargas explained.