MANILA, Philippines — Teachers and students will be receiving gadgets in order to adapt to Department of Education’s (DepEd) proposal of “blended learning” for the upcoming school year.
The local government of Manila has alloted P994 million to be able to distribute 110,000 tablets to the city’s Kinder to Grade 12 public students, 11,000 laptops to the city’s 10,300 public school teachers.
In his public address last friday, Mayor Isko Moreno said that they will be purchasing “110,000 na tablet para sa mga batang Maynila.” Parents don’t have to spend anything, he added.
“Ma’am, sir, mga teacher, wag kayong mag-alala. May laptop kayong lahat. Bibili tayo ng 11,000 para sa lahat.”mayor isko moreno
(Ma’am sir, to the teachers, you don’t need to worry, you all have laptops. We will buy 11,000 laptops for all of you.)
Moreno added that the local government will also provide internet connectivity for the teachers and students — each having a monthly load of 10 gigabite data. Teachers will also be receiving pocket wifi to be loaded by the government every month so teachers won’t have to spend on anything.
President Rodrigo Duterte backed DepEd’s proposal of “blended learning” scheme, where learning modules will be delivered to students’ home with the use of television, radio and the internet as media of instruction. Duterte said that he will look for funding should the agency need it.