CHED opposes academic freeze, pushes for ‘flexible learning’

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is opposed to the proposed academic freeze this school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHED executive director Cinderella Jaro said the proposal seemed based on the “misconception” that tertiary classes for the school year 2020-2021 will be strictly done online.

“Yung sinasabi nila na academic freeze, siguro po dahil po ito sa misconception na naka-focus lang po ang Commission on Higher Education sa tinatawag na online learning na hindi naman po,” she said.

Jaro said CHED is pushing for “flexible learning” which includes online, offline and blended learning.

“Sa flexible learning po, dito po ini-emphasize namin na hindi lang po ito online, meron ding offline at meron ding blended learning,” she said.

Jaro added that the flexible learning approach was reached following consultations with stakeholders, higher education institutions, students and experts.

Under the flexible learning, a higher learning institution may choose which among the three modes of delivery is best for it based on its and its students’ capacity.

“Kasi alam naman natin na may mga estudyanteng may limit talaga o wala namang koneksiyon [sa internet] kaya naman kung anong kapasidad ng kanilang mga estudyante ay dapat itong tignan ng colleges at universities at i-base nila ang kanilang mode of learning sa kapasidad ng mga estudyante, sa kapasidad ng kanilang institusyon,” Jaro said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) had earlier voiced their opposition to the academic freeze being pushed by some parents and students.

The government had said that no face-to-face classes will be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (MNS)

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