National Teachers College announces flexible remote learning programs

The National Teachers College (NTC) has announced flexible learning programs for the incoming school year. This announcement comes as the private educational institution ensures continuity of education while prioritizing the health and safety of faculty and students during the new normal.

To give its students the ‘Power of Choice,’ NTC is offering modified online and correspondence modules as it aims to deliver classes in a safe way amid the ongoing pandemic. This would enable it to meet the students’ educational needs.

“While we understand that parents and students think that embracing digital classroom setup might entail higher costs for them, we are confident that NTC’s efforts will grow to become a new benchmark for accessible, affordable quality education in this difficult time and beyond,” said NTC President Fred Ayala.

Scholarships at NTC will continue. The school is one of the institutions with the highest volume of scholars at the tertiary level. There are assistance programs that aim to help students who are financially challenged these days.

Partnering with experts

NTC is teaming up with some of the experts in remote learning so it could offer the best value in a safer and more flexible online learning. These partners include MIT-JWEL (Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Jameel World Education Lab that promotes excellence and transformation in education), Mapua University (a leading university in remote learning), Derrick Latreille (a sought-after international learning consultant), and Dr. Edizon Fermin (a member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Working Group on Flexible Learning).

In a recent briefing, NTC recognized that the pandemic has impacted how education is delivered to students during the new normal. Dr. Fermin, who is also the school’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, highlighted the highs and lows in terms of completion and submission of requirements online.

“There were complaints and pains attributable to the sudden shift to remote learning,” Dr. Fermin said. “But the school prevailed in its mission of enabling access to success. Learning continued and NTC has since moved on as one of the most agile institutions in Flexible Learning.”

“We delay as much as we can the increases in costs of tuition and other fees in unity with the government’s ‘bayanihan’ efforts in the time of the pandemic. NTC has facilitated some reduction in miscellaneous fees and has done some form of reimbursement in several items fees in the previous semester, to be forwarded as discounts in the education costs for the incoming first semester,” said Dr. Fermin.

Quick digital shift

NTC’s Academic Council was quick to digitize all its course outlines and core student resources when announcements about possible school closures were made upon the lockdown in March 2020. Within the same week when class suspensions were initially made then, NTC students were already downloading resources from a central digital repository that would eventually become their courseware for the rest of the second semester.

“NTC made it a top priority to roll out a clear learning continuity plan as quickly as possible. Instantly, FB messenger and SMS became the new platforms for immediate feedback, and interaction between and among students, teachers, and parents,” said Dr. Fermin.

For over nine decades, the institution has been driven by the philosophy of democratic education marked by inclusivity and nationalism. Guided by the shared values system of the Yuchengco and Ayala groups of companies, NTC was able to sustain its commitment to enable its students who belong to sectors C2, D, and E to continue pursuing their dreams of a better life through education.