By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Daily Tribune

An official from the Department of Education (DepEd) gave an “8 mark” out of 10 for the distance learning modality implementation in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview over Dobol B sa News TV Sunday, Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio cited teachers’ professionalism as basis of his rating.

“Ang tingin ko po hindi siya bababa ng 8. Hindi po ako naniniwala na dapat pasang-awa lang. Ang tingin ko po mas mataas sa 8 out of 10 ang nangyari,” San Antonio pointed out.

“Nakita namin at nakaka-proud po na, kayo mismo kung naglilibot kayo, makikita niyo po ang mas maraming kasamang guro namin na nagpakita din ng mataas na antas ng propesyonalidad,” he added.

San Antonio earlier said the students have managed to achieve their learning performances during the first quarter of the year under distance learning.

The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), however, called on government, business, civil society, and academe to help in addressing the country’s “learning crisis.”

“There's no sugarcoating this, because we need to take a long hard look at ourselves before we can move forward, that the Philippine education sector is in crisis,” PBEd chairperson Ramon Del Rosario Jr. said.

“This learning crisis threatens the growth trajectory of our nation,” he added.

Even the pre-pandemic, PBEd noted the learning crisis is already happening in the country’s sector of education, adding that the current condition is possibly worsening.