DepEd strengthens Homeschooling Program
The Department of Education has boosted its homeschooling program to give children a more learning choices.
“Aside from our current interventions, we have strengthened our Homeschooling Program to ensure our learners have choices in attaining quality education,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.
“This will help our learners who need more regular parental support and supervision, especially in our current public health situation,” she added.
The agency upgraded its guidelines, standards, and implementation procedures for the program.
Under the revised policy, if the country is in a state of emergency, the focus of the instruction will be on the Most Essential Learning Competencies. If the MELCs are no longer used in next school years, the K to 12 Curriculum will be implemented.
Parents or guardians will be the primary agents of the teacher-learning process.
School heads will appoint a homeschool coordinator who will be in charge of enrolling learners, monitoring their progress, and providing support to parents or guardians.
Homeschool learners should also be provided with textbooks and modules in print or digital format, as well as a conducive learning space at home and a learning plan that indicates the learning area, learning competencies, and learning tasks.
To determine their academic growth, strengths and weaknesses, and knowledge learned throughout the year, all learners enrolled in the program will take the National Career Assessment Examination and the National Achievement Test.