Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones describes the modular type of learning as a non-sustainable and expensive mode of learning in this time of new normal, which was brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Briones said this during the virtual press conference on Monday afternoon, January 25, 2021.
She said that aside from being non-sustainable, modular type of learning is also destructive to the environment, as bond papers are made from trees.
“Nakita nako nga kini maoy pinakamahal nga paagi sa pag-trasmit ug learning because we have 25 million learners. Dili sustainable. Kung magpadayon ta aning atong paagi sa printed modules, basin mahurot ang atong lasang, hurot ang atong mga kahoy, kay himoon natong papel,” Briones said.
(This is also the most expensive way to transmit learning because we have 25 million learners. It is not sustainable. If we continue with this method of printed modules, then our forests might be gone, our trees as well, because these would be made into paper.)
She said that the last series of storms that hit Luzon, had destroyed P1.6 billion worth of learning printed materials that were already distributed to learners.
Due to this, Briones said she would want the agency to take advantage of the technology, such as radio, internet, and television, in transmitting knowledge to learners.
“So sa akong tan-aw, in the next few years, nga we’ll have to be leaning more on technology. Kita kabalo nga daghan kaayong challenges sa paggamit sa different platform sa technology,” she added.
(So the way I see it, in the next few years we will have to be leaning more on technology. We know that there are many challenges in using the different platforms of technology.)