As the education system in the country shifts to distance learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) has recommended screen time for students in the conduct of online classes, depending on grade level.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, September 3, Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua shared the prescribed screen time for kindergarten, grades 1 to 5, grades 6 to 8, and grades 9 to 12.
The number of hours that students could spend online was based on the guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This is included in DepEd memorandum 2020-00162 or the Suggested Strategies in Implementing Distance Learning Modalities.
Modular learning is the "backbone" of the DepEd's distance learning program as access to technology remains a problem for most students. Other modes of learning such as online and TV and radio broadcasts would supplement the modules.
Despite the shift to distance learning, DepEd said there would be no changes in the subject areas that will be taught for school year 2020-2021. (READ: No changes in subjects to be taught this school year – DepEd)