The Philippines received a five-star rating by the United Nations International Children’s Fund (Unicef) on its Distance Learning Readiness Index (RLRI) – a new composite indicator that measures readiness to deliver an apprenticeship remotely in response to school closings or disruption of in-person learning due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
It took into account households, the government’s political response capacity and the emergency preparedness of the national education sector to implement distance learning.
Along with Argentina, Barbados and Jamaica, Unicef â€‹â€‹said the Philippines had “effective policy responses supported by high emergency preparedness and the existence of domestic factors that support distance learning “.
The Ministry of Education (DepEd) welcomed this recognition from Unicef, recognizing the stakeholders – teachers, parents, partners, learners – for the realization of the Basic education learning continuity plan ( BE-LCP) which allowed students to continue their studies during Covid-19. pandemic through modular learning, e-learning, television and radio teaching or blended learning modalities.
“Through our united efforts, we have succeeded in supporting the education of more than 27 million learners while prioritizing their health and safety in the midst of the pandemic,” he said in a statement.
However, Unicef â€‹â€‹noted that even though countries receive a five-star rating on the RLRI, they must also ensure that students achieve the expected learning outcomes as part of the implementation of the modalities. distance learning.
â€œOnce the initial access to a distance learning program is obtained, children must use the program continuously, learn and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. Improving the coverage of a country’s distance learning program is a priority, but challenges exist beyond the initial assessment of the RLRI, “It said.
DepEd assured that he would take note of the study’s recommendations to improve the program and fill learning gaps. He said he would continue to develop strategies to solve familiar problems also faced by other countries.