This 2020, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation marks 93 years of existing as an academic institution. So, even amidst challenging times, the university perseveres in its commitment to provide affordable, quality formal education to the average person in the community.
While we understand the hesitation of many parents to have their children enrolled for the new school year, along with the other higher educational institutions, USPF remains true to its responsibility to continue providing quality education for sustainable development.
Traditional, face-to-face learning is among the options for delivering instructions, but we are not limited to this. In fact, USPF abides by the Department of Education’s decision to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available. However, this does not mean that formal education stops.
There are a number of distance learning approaches that schools can implement to continue providing Filipino students formal education. For USPF, we have adapted online learning and blended learning for the Basic Education departments and online, blended, and flexible learning options for college and graduate schools. These alternative modes of instructional delivery take into consideration the no children left behind mandate of the Philippine government, as students with or without Internet capabilities can continue to earn their degrees in the safety of their homes. Indeed, why choose between education and safety, when you can have both?
Many parents have also expressed doubt on the efficacy of online or blended instruction. Yes, the challenges are unprecedented and there may be hiccups along the way, but the same is true with traditional teaching methods. As we move forward, you will see changes and improvements are ever constant in this journey. Also, contrary to common belief, face-to-face instruction is not always superior to online or blended learning. Research shows that physical proximity isn’t a precondition for good education. Among the factors that have to be considered are teacher competencies, which USPF is proud of.
This is the future. We may not like it; we may not be comfortable with it. But, we have to accept these changes and adapt. As an institution for children, we understand the fears of parents and respect the choices they make for their children. In the same capacity, USPF will always have your children and their futures as our prime motivation for continuing what we do.
USPF is ready for the new normal. If you are too, call us at (032) 414-8773. We can’t wait to welcome you all to USPF! #USPFBorderlessEducation