By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: ILounge

A teacher said Friday that Students should be given more performance-based tasks in order to assess their understanding of learning competencies.

Liza Marie Campoamor-Olegario of Movement for Safe, Equitable, Quality, and Relevant Education said the tasks could be something interested or integrated among students in everyday lives.

"Kung mahilig silang mag-TikTok, doon tayo mag-PE sa TikTok... magtanim ng gulay," she told Teleradyo.

"Mga productive [activities] na hindi nila kailangan pasagutan sa magulang ang mga module dahil meron silang ibang puwedeng mas productive na gawin at siguradong mas matututo sila," she added.

The majority of Filipino teachers doubt whether the students learn under distance learning modality, according to a survey conducted by experts.

Results of the poll showed that 70.9 percent of the teachers “do not think or are not confident that the competencies set by the Department of Education (DepEd) under distance learning are actually being developed.”

A little over half or 53 percent of the students are uncertain if they can learn the competencies set by DepEd through distance learning while only 42.7 percent of parents expressed confidence that their children understand their lessons.

Learning competency refers to knowledge, skills, understanding, and attitude the students need to demonstrate in every lesson and activity.

The nationwide online survey was conducted from November to December 2020 by SEQuRe Education Movement. Its respondents include 1,395 teachers, 1,207 parents, and 620 students from grades 4 to 12.

Olegario, who teaches at the University of the Philippines College of Education, said some students were still struggling months after distance learning was implemented due to the threat of COVID-19.

She said the majority of respondents failed to attend online classes due to problems with gadgets and internet connection.

Classes in public schools in the country opened in October under a blended distance learning system — where students study from their homes via modules, online classes, television, and radio — due to the COVID-19 pandemic.