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PNPA goes distance learning

Kristina Maralit

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The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) recently announced it will be adopting a distance learning approach for cadets in compliance with the government’s policy barring face-to-face sessions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In a statement, PNPA director Maj. Gen. Gilbert Cruz also pointed to the recent virus outbreak in the academy that infected 243 cadets and personnel as a reason for the shift.

“Head-on classes with the cadets are prohibited until a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 becomes available,” Cruz said in the advisory released late Friday.

“I made it clear with the Dean of Academics to secure all professors’ alignment on this matter. Every lecturer must be virtually present during classes and all lessons shall be embedded in online modalities to make sure that interactions are achieved,” he added.

To ensure the smooth transition to the flexible blended learning modality, the PNPA has purchased LED televisions and sound reinforcement systems which will be installed in different learning areas inside the camp in Silang, Cavite.

Internet connectivity has also been established inside the academy.

The following areas were designated as blended learning venues: dormitories for the first-class cadets, a new mess hall for second class cadets, an existing mess hall for third class cadets, and the academic building for fourth-class cadets.

The PNPA had been on lockdown since 14 September as swab tests conducted on 232 trainees and 11 personnel resulted in positive results for the virus.

Another swab testing will be done on the infected patients on 30 September to see if they have all recovered from the viral respiratory ailment after undergoing quarantine in the five buildings within the premises that have been temporarily converted into isolation facilities.

As an added layer of protection, Cruz ordered for 6,500 face shields, 16,000 masks, and 1,100 bottles of alcohol to be distributed among the trainees and personnel who did not contract the virus to ensure there will be no more transmissions within the PNPA’s walls.

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