South Cotabato students prefer modular learning


KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug. 8 (PIA) – For most students in South Cotabato, the new normal means of learning in school year 2020-2021 will be modular.

Ruth Estacio, South Cotabato Schools Division superintendent, said 85 percent of the students in the province prefer use of modules as mode of learning.

This, as only 15 percent of the school children here have necessary resources for online, internet-based learning schemes.

Schools under the jurisdiction of DepEd- South Cotabato Schools Division and other school divisions in SOCCSKSARGEN Region are fast tracking production of modules in preparation for the opening of classes on August 24.

Estacio said the modules being prepared and reproduced are self-learning modules (SLM) that contain lessons, activities, exercise, and answer keys, which she emphasized should challenge students and parents to be honest and diligent in learning their lessons at home.   

“What’s positive about this approach is that students will become autonomous and independent. Students will also master time management,” Estacio said. 

Time management, she emphasized, is important since students will be studying from modules of eight subjects.

Modules will be collected at the end of each week.

Estacio added that while students will be provided with modules they should maintain portfolios, either notebooks or bond papers, for writing of all exercises, assessments, and questions.  

These portfolios will be collected at the culmination of each grading period to form part of formative assessment.

Teachers will still also conduct periodic summative assessments, Estacio added.  

In May, the Provincial School Board (PSB) realigned P5.4 million from its Special Education Fund (SEF) to purchase 36 units of digital mass duplicators for the reproduction of lesson modules that will be handed out to the students in support for the plan to limit face-to-face contact in schools because of the coronavirus disease pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato also allotted funds to buy and distribute at least 800 transistor radios and 123 television sets for radio-based learning and TV lessons, respectively. (DED/PIA XII)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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