Eleazar backs ‘recovery plan’ to address pandemic-induced learning gaps

Eleazar backs ‘recovery plan’ to address pandemic-induced learning gaps

By Tracy Cabrera

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA — Stressing how crucial it is for the government to craft a comprehensive recovery plan to avoid the collapse of the country’s education system, Partido Reporma senatorial candidate retired Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said he will strongly support the “recovery plan” being devised by the Department of Education (DepEd) to address the gaps in the education sector amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview, Eleazar explained emphatically that it is crucial for the country to have a comprehensive recovery plan because this helps us to prop up the education system even as the prolonged coronavirus situation has cast doubts on the full reopening of in-person classes in the country.

“Mula noong magsimula ang pandemya, nakita natin na isa sa mga pinakaapektadong sektor ang mga estudyante at mga guro. Marami ang hindi agad nakapag-adapt sa online classes lalo na iyong mga nasa liblib na lugar at malalayong probinsya kaya napilitan na lang tumigil sa pag-aaral,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief noted.

“Kaya naman kailangang-kailangan na ma-bridge natin ang gap o disconnect sa ating mga estudyante at sa kanilang pag-aaral para masigurado natin na hindi sila maiiwan sa pagbangon natin sa pandemya,” he added.

Prior to the retired general’s pronouncement, education secretary Leonor Briones disclosed that DepEd is already crafting a recovery plan that would serve as the guide for schools to address the learning gaps due to the ongoing pandemic.

Eleazar specifically expressed support for the education department’s plan to establish learning support centers in schools and community-based learning spaces for students.

“Alam n’yo kasi, may mga protocol pa rin sa pagbabalik-eskuwela pero hindi naman lahat ng mag-aaral ay kayang makaagapay sa mga pagbabagong ito gaya ng paggamit ng face mask. Iyong iba nga, halos wala nang makain tapos pang-facemask pa kaya? So itong pagtatatag ng mga learning hubs sa mga komunidad ay malaking bagay para maabot ng gobyerno ang mga mag-aaral,” he pointed out.

Aside from this, other proposed strategies of the DepEd in the recovery plan include the extension of the school calendar, expansion of the learning time, the conduct of summer remediation and intervention programs, and hiring of additional learning support aides. (ai/mtvn)

Partido Reporma senatorial bet Gen. Guillermo Eleazar greets supporters in a campaign sortie recently. (Photo supplied)

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