For the Department of Education (DepEd), there is a need to improve science and technology education in basic education to prepare Filipino learners for future challenges.
“With or without the pandemic, we will face the challenge of catching up with technology, science and many other innovations that will change our lives,” said Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
“It is a challenge for us in basic education to prepare our learners and ensure that they master the basics of science and technology,” she added.
At EDUtech 2022 in February, Briones also called for training learners in the skills required for future jobs while incorporating Filipino values and culture.
“Every learner must have a deep understanding of science and technology to survive,” Briones said. “Every learner must be prepared for an evolving future,” she added.
Under the theme “Rebuilding Better and Quality Education in the Philippines”, the two-day EDUTech forum also brought together several DepEd officials, who served as panelists from different sessions and shared their insights and best practices in education.
Digital transformation in schools
Meanwhile, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua also highlighted DepEd Commons as an agency step toward digitalization and teacher development during the roundtable on digital transformation in schools.
“Even before the pandemic, we already started digital transformation at the Ministry of Education,” Pascua said.
“This pandemic has made us realize that there are still other technologies that we need to use, and it has also made us accelerate the digitization of education in the public sector,” he added.
In 2021, DepEd Commons registered over 10.5 million unique users nationwide with 4,762 learning resources uploaded and has become one of the most effective add-on tools for blended learning.
Blended learning to stay
Additionally, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio acknowledged that “blended learning is here to stay” after Covid.
In view of this, he cited steps taken by DepEd to embrace innovations for learning, including the creation of the Education Futures (Educ Futures) program.
“This pandemic has given us all a great challenge to embrace change,” San Antonio said.
“We have gone from traditional to digital in a short time and we have to recognize how far we have come,” he added.
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