Pinoy families struggle with blended learning

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    CLOSE to nine out of 10 Filipino families are having difficulty with blended learning compared to traditional face-to-face classes, the fourth quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) done from November 21 to 25 showed.

    The survey, which involved 1,500 adult respondents nationwide with a sampling margin of error of ±2.5 percent, showed that 89 percent of families with school age children, or those aged between 5 and 20 years old, said they find the blended learning scheme more difficult (61 percent more difficult, 28 percent somewhat difficult).

    Six percent said it is easier (3 percent somewhat easier, 3 percent much easier) while five percent said it is neither easier nor more difficult now compared to the traditional face-to-face classes.

    SWS defines blended learning as the Department of Education’s current policy that allows schools to use and combine different learning modalities such as online classes and modular materials or books while face-to-face refers to the pre-COVID-19 practice of teachers teaching students in school.

    SWS said majority of people across geographical locations find the blended learning scheme difficult, with the highest coming from the Visayas (92 percent) followed by those in Metro Manila (90) percent), Mindanao (89 percent) and Luzon (87 percent). Majority of families from rural areas (91 percent) and urban areas (86 percent) also find the blended learning scheme difficult.

    It added that while majority of respondents said the blended learning scheme is more difficult, families with higher educational attainment find it less difficult compare to those with lower educational attainment or 94 percent for families with the highest educational attainment is elementary level claiming it is more difficult; 92 percent for families with elementary graduates; 87 percent for families with high school graduates; and 83 percent or those with college graduates.

    SWS also found that in six out of 10 households (60 percent) the parents or guardians spend more time guiding the school age children while 28 percent said they spend less time with the students and 11 percent said they neither spend more or lesser time with the kids.

    The mother (57 percent) usually assists the children in their lessons followed by the siblings (13 percent), the father (6 percent), grandparents (5 percent), aunt/uncle (4 percent), cousin (2 percent) and brother/sister-in laws (1 percent).

    The Department of Education implemented a blended learning scheme in schools due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic last year.