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John Mar Entes is enrolled in a public school. Like most students, he longs to return to school to be with his friends and classmates, whom he has not seen since the lockdown.

The pandemic came crashing down on our lives 12 months ago. To contain the spread of the dreaded virus, preventive measures were enforced by authorities, foremost of which is the school closure. Adding to this is the prohibition on minors and teenagers like John Mar from roaming out of their homes.

Our leaders  have rejected the recommendation of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the resumption of formal education, not virtual, but face-to-face, until everyone has been innoculated.


Fair enough. It’s safety and wellness first.

I confess that I’ve no inkling on how this modular learning goes.  My nephews and nieces say learning is internet-based, via zoom. On a daily basis, they get dressed in required school uniform before logging in.

It seems that the virtual classroom set-up is kinda’ more taxing both on the parents and the students. Although students are given breaks, it’s physically exhausting for them to stay glued to their computer for several hours.

I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days, this learning process creates a larger group of students wearing eyeglasses.

It was only after John Mar walked me through the process that I’ve learned this plain and easy modular learning.

It is crucial to understand how the modular system works. Let me fill you in on how public school students or pupils are taught.

John Mar is an 8th grader. At an appointed time, say every Monday, his mother goes to his school to receive the module, in exchange of the module given the week before.

The modules contain lessons and questionnaires that John Mar has to answer for a given period. In most cases, it’s a week. Depending on how fast you answer the questionnaires, it’s free time for John Mar the rest of the week.

With newly found understanding of the modular system, I’ve changed my stance from an oppositor to a staunch supporter of DepEd’s proposal for a limited face-to-face schooling.

The change of heart was influenced by the comment I received from a friend to whom I shared how the modular learning goes. Her fear that should this continue, the country might be producing a bunch who may not be fully equipped for the future.  I fully support her observation.

There goes the future of our motherland.

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