Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna directed the holding of asynchronous classes in all public schools in the city during the duration of the transport strike slated to begin on Monday, March 6, 2023.
In a public advisory issued by Lacuna and released to the media by her spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante, Lacuna announced that the directive covers all levels and will last up to Saturday, March 11, 2023.
Still in line with the announced strike of various public transportation groups, all private schools on the other hand, are also encouraged to switch to online classes next week.
Compared to synchronous learning wherein teachers and students gather all at the same time whether via virtual or physical classes happening in real-time, in asynchronous classes, students are made to access materials at their own pace and interact with one another over longer periods of time.
Asynchronous courses are defined as online courses where the instructor, the learner, and other participants are not engaged in the learning process at the same time. There is no real-time interaction between students and instructors, and the content is created and made available for later consumption.
Private learning institutions such as the University of Santo Tomas, Dela Salle University, Ateneo de Manila and Colegio de San Juan de Letran have already announced that they will be holding online classes next week.
There are over 100 public elementary and high schools in the city of Manila.