It Is Not Just Having No Internet Access
With COVID-19, the Philippines faces a daunting task with the new school year. A government agency in the country has recently recommended to move the start of the new school year to the end of September.
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Distance learning is certainly not a good solution as it will only exacerbate achievement gaps between the rich and the poor.
When I was growing up, I remember missing school for a couple of months. There was widespread flooding in the Philippines when I was in second grade. Obviously, there was no internet yet at that time, so there was never an option for distance learning. But we seemed to have managed.
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Data-Driven Innovation Lab is optimistic with regard to COVID-19. The following is their current projection.
If this projection is on the mark, then there is less worry for the coming school year. If it is not, then schools must discover ways of providing not just access to technology, but also the other missing pieces necessary for distance learning: time, environment and feedback. Schools in some countries have already opened. The BBC has compiled possible measures that can be taken: