First batch of activities for students ‘a bit overwhelming’ – DepEd official

Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said Monday the initial batch of activities for students on the first week of distance learning is a “bit overwhelming.”

As a result, San Antonio said he would be asking to use a more coordinated approach in the coming weeks.

“Ang una ko pong napansin, medyo overwhelming yung mga na-require namin sa mga estudyante kasi may estudyante po kami mismo sa bahay, yung kasama namin sa bahay ngayon ay nag-aaral, Grade 6, nakita ko po,” San Antonio told Unang Hirit in an interview.

(The first thing I noticed, the ones we required of the students were a bit overwhelming because we had a student at home, the one with us at home is now studying, Grade 6, I saw it.)

The official said may have overlooked that students have other subjects to deal with when creating their activities.

“Siyempre nung ginagawa ng mga kasamang guro natin yung mga activities, akala nila isang subject lang yung aaralin ng mga bata eh ngayon po walo iyan, kung nag-rotational use, apat,” he said.

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(Of course, when our fellow did the activities, they thought that the children would only study one subject, eh, now that is eight, if you use rotational, it’s four.)

“So ang una kong sasabihin sa mga kasama namin at sinabi ko na kahapon sa mga paaralan na pinuntahan ko, baka yung mga susunod na ipagagawa natin i-coordinate para ‘di naman overwhelming yung gagawin ng bata habang nasa bahay,” San Antonio added.

(So the first thing I will say to those who are with us and I said that yesterday at the schools I went to, maybe we will coordinate the next ones that we will do so the activities would not be overwhelming for the students at home.)

Undersecretary Jess Mateo said the DepEd received around 16,000 concerns regarding the first day of public school classes nationwide.

Mateo said during the School Opening Day National Program that the majority of the reports are related to enrollment, such as the process for transferring a student from private to a public school.