Filipino Canadian moms weigh in on enhanced learning program for kids amid school closures

With Canada’s extended closure of publicly funded schools until May 4th, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Education unveiled phase 2 of the learn-at-home online program — reconnecting students with teachers, and re-establishing teacher-led learning.

“The second phase of Learn at Home creates some predictability for our parents or students and our educators.  We’re providing expectations that parents can count on.  We’re enhancing support for students.  We’re ensuring the teacher-student relationship is restored throughout this period of school closure.  Our aim is to provide all of them with some sense of stability and hope amid this difficulty,” said the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.”

It features a new set of expectations for students to complete certain hours of work per week based on grade level.

As much as it offers clarity for parents and students, it also poses challenges for families with varying capacities to support their kids’ learning.

“It’s challenging on my end because I have many children and maybe because I have not home-schooled…they’re all doing it simultaneously, if they’re going to do it, it slows down the internet.  I’m not tech-savvy so I think now I need to be more open and more eager to learn because that’s the going trend.  This is the future.  Lots of technology reliance now,” said Brinna Makalintal.

“My biggest challenge I’m facing in regards to virtual learning is how to support my kids especially the younger ones when I’m at work and I cannot afford to hire a private tutor. Since they are in different grade levels they have different needs and I cannot depend on my eldest daughter to help them because she also has her own school work,” said Marianne Dela Cruz.

In a statement released to ABS-CBN news — the president of the Toronto Elementary Catholic teachers group admitted.

There are many challenges that school boards and teachers will face in providing distance learning.

This includes privacy, safety, and access to materials for students, teachers and families.

“….We have your back and we want you to succeed.”

The minister of education also assured graduating students, they will do whatever it takes to ensure they graduate and there will be no barriers to accessing post-secondary pathways.

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