How do we help Philippine teachers help learners during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Through a focus group discussion, Philippines-based Research Center for Teacher Quality asked education leaders how school teachers can get through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By: Research Center for Teacher Quality
More than a month ago, the Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ)—a partnership between the Philippine Normal University and the University of New England Australia supported by the Australian Government—met with select education leaders online to discuss doable strategies in helping teachers amidst such an unusual situation. A two-hour focus group discussion (FGD), facilitated by RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong, tackled a wide range of issues—from the provision of training and support for teachers to the challenge of distance teaching in remote or rural areas with weak or no internet connectivity. Information from the FGD will guide RCTQ's work that is relevant to supporting teachers in the country.
FGD participants were guided by questions broken down into four sets: i) how school leaders and the teachers they knew were coping with the current situation, ii) their views on teaching platforms, iii) their views on the most accessible and preferable teaching platforms including those that teachers would be most prepared/equipped to use; and iv) their recommendations.
Among the first to share about how teachers were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic was Dr. Marilyn Siao, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent from the Leyte Division in Eastern Visayas. Like many Filipinos stuck in their homes in an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), she shared that teachers in her division have been adjusting well to the 'new normal,' but are also longing for the old normal. Because only four (4) percent of these teachers have had the chance to be trained on distance learning, many of them registered with various online training sessions that they have access to while on summer break.
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