DepEd TV is set to air lessons on television channels from September 21 to 25 as part of the Department of Education’s dry run on its broadcast media learning modality amid pandemic.
DepEd Director Abram Abanil said in a budget hearing of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture on Wednesday said they would air 24 episodes for the test run.
“From September 21 to 25, we will be airing 24 episodes. This is to allow us to practice again the logistics of getting all the episodes ingested into the TV stations,” Abanil said.
“We don’t want to make repeat again the mistakes that happened on August 11, so we would like to practice again. So by October 5, we will be ready.”
Last month, DepEd TV drew flak over a grammatical error seen during its initial dry run.
Abanil said DepEd already established an 18-step workflow process to avoid a similar incident. He added the process includes subject experts’ thorough review of the subjects.
He also said DepEd TV aims to air 130 episodes per week, covering major subject areas in most essential learning competencies for the opening of classes on October 5. Each episode would last for 30 minutes with five minutes break.
DepEd TV dry run airs September 21 to 25
At least 160 timeslots will be set up per channel of following partners of DepEd TV:
- IBC 13 – 1 over the air TV channel
- PTV 4 – 4 hours over the air TV channel
- Solar TV – 1 digital channel
- Planet Cable – 1 cable channel
- Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association – 1 to 3 cable channels
- Cignal TV – 2 satellite TV channel
- GSAT – 1 satellite TV channel
- Gracia/LMP – 1 satellite TV channel
- Mabuhay Pilipinas TV – 13 satellite TV channels
There are 107 teachers broadcaster so far that would serve as presenters for the episodes. Most of them are from the National Capital Region with 40 designated educators, Calabarzon with 20, and Central Luzon with 17.
DepEd TV production sites are located in Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Caraga, and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Education Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and Project Management Service Tonisito Umali earlier said that over 24 million students already enrolled for the school year 2020-2021.