The Department of Education – Division of Davao del Sur conducted a pilot testing in all learning modalities last August 4 and 6, 2020 in selected schools within the division.
Monitoring teams were dispatched in different schools to monitor the implementation of the different learning modalities during the pilot testing.
The Dry-run for pilot schools on Project DREAM and Oplan HATUD started on August 4, 2020 which was monitored by the Public Schools District Supervisors/District Principal-In-Charge together with the Education Program Supervisors while The Dry-run for RadyoFlix, Project VERT and DepEd Davao del Sur Classroom began on August 6, 2020.
The Pilot Testing on Radio-based Instruction in Araling Panlipunan 3 at Mabunga Elementary School in Bansalan, Davao del Sur was overseen by the Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Nelson C. Lopez, CESO V, the Curriculum Implementation Division Chief, Education Program Supervisors and a few of the officials from the DepEd Regional Office.
Three students, escorted by their parents, participated the pilot testing for the said program from 9:00AM to 10:00AM.
Shara Ramos from Sacub Elementary School, Pauline Formentera from Hagonoy Elementary School and Cherrilyn Anog from Hagonoy Central Elementary School took the roles of Broadcast Teachers during the event and aired the lesson live at the Radyo ni Juan 99.7 Station at Bansalan, Davao del Sur.
Along with the instructions heard from the Radio, the students were also equipped with modules provided by the Division to aid them in their learning.
After the one-hour lesson, the monitoring team discussed amongst themselves their observations and planned on what can be improved.
“Isang oras ang inilaan para maibahagi ang kaalaman sa Araling Panlipunan 3 gamit ang ADM module na sinulat ng mga guro sa Davao del Sur at sinuri ng mga taga DepEd nagmula sa Central Office dahilan upang mapansin at maobserbahan ang mga dapat na ayusin upang lalong mas masundan ng mga mag-aaral,” Education Program Supervisor (EPS) in Araling Panlipunan, Dr. Leonora Liza D. Dacillo stated.
One of the few suggestions made were to condition the students to prepare before every lesson.
“Bago simulan, dapat lang na isa-isahin ang pahina o parte ng modyul para masundan ng mga mag-aaral. Sabihin ng guro kung anong pahina ang kasalukuyang ginawa na diskusyon at bigyang panahon ang mga mag-aaral na sumagot sa mga pinapasagot na gawain,” Dacillo added.
It was also noted that the instructions were given at a fast pace which resulted to the students struggling to keep up with the lesson.
“Huwag masyadong magmadali at higit sa lahat, bigyang halaga ang mga panuto na gagawin ng bata. Ang mahinang musika lang [ang gamitin] sa pagitan ng pagbasa at pagsagot ng mga tanong,” Dacillo finished.
Ronald Tingzon, the principal of Mabunga Elementary School also added his observation during the pilot testing.
“Among Nakita na ang Radio-Based Instruction usa ka paagi … nga nagahatg ug laing avenue sa mga bata sa pagkat-on. Nay mga difficulties tungod sa dili nato makit-an sa mga bata kung visual ba sila or auditory. Ilahang nareceive na pulong sa ilang dalunggan kay gina-process pa nila padulong sa ilang module (We can see that the Radio-based Instruction gives another avenue for the students to learn. There are difficulties because we cannot determine whether the student is a visual or auditory learner. The lessons they hear is still being processed before they apply it on their modules), Tingzon stated.
He also acknowledges the students’ parents in aiding their children during the lesson which enabled the students to carry on.
“Naa pa man pud ta sa fine-tuning sa pag-adjust pa karon. Mga adjustments pud siguro nga gikinahanglan sa atong mga announers, sa mga scripts, makab-ot ra gihapon nato ang smooth na delivery sa radio-based program isip suporta sa modular (We are still in the fine-tuning stage. With a few adjustments from the announcers and scripts, we will eventually achieve a smooth delivery of the Radio-based Learning Program as a support to the modules), Tingzon added.
The parents of the students are also hopeful for the new program being implemented despite the few problems encountered.
“Okay kayo siya, pero sa mga bata, medyo kusog lang ang question pero kaya ra kaayo para karong umaabot na klase (It’s a good [alternative], however the questions are given too quickly for the children [to follow] but it is still possible for the upcoming classes), one of the parents commented.
The Deped Officials, teachers, students and parents are positive that even in the face of the pandemic, education will still continue.
“Ang hamon ng pandemyang COVID-19 ay hindi hadlang sa patuloy na edukasyon para sa mga kabataang Pilipino. Ang Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ay patuloy ang isinasagawang paghahanda para sa nalalapit na pagbubukas ng klase sa darating na Agosto 24, 2020.”