P-Noy signs distance learning law


Authored by Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. and signed by President Aquino last Dec. 9, Republic Act 10650 has institutionalized distance education as a mode of delivery of open learning.

Distance education is a mode of delivering instruction, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a classroom. (By Artemio Dumlao (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 22, 2014)


President Benigno Aquino III has signed a law seeking to provide government support for open distance learning programs in the country.

Through Republic Act (R.A.) 10650 signed last December 9, Aquino directed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to help train qualified teachers and develop a relevant curriculum for open distance learning programs.

Under the new law, these agencies were also tasked to develop appropriate learning materials for these alternative learning programs.

Open learning gives students access to education regardles of their age, geographical location, time constraint and economic situation.

Distance education meanwhile allows a student to learn even while physically separated from his or her teacher.

R.A. 10650 also mandates that students enrolled in open distance learning programs should be given “access to all privileges, opportunities and entitlements that a student similarly situated under the conventional system of instruction may have access to.”

The new law also tasked the University of the Philippine Open University to assist and provide expertise to the CHED and TESDA in promoting best practices in open distance learning in the Philippines. (Andreo Calonzo/KBK, GMA News)

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