Sen. Grace Poe has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to heighten crucial partnerships with telcos and the private sector to enable indigent learners to
Under Bayanihan 2, the P4 billion allocation aims to assist DepEd in putting up ICT and digital infrastructure, the implementation of digital education, and the use of alternative learning modalities, including the printing and delivery of self-learning modules.
The postponement of K-12 classes should give the DepEd “breathing space” to print self-learning modules (SLMs) for 21.5 million public school students, which Sen. Ralph Recto said “could be around 100 billion pages.”
With P9-billion funding provided to schools division offices, the DepEd noted self-learning modules are continuously being reproduced in field offices.
In preparation for online learning this school year, the DICT said it has opened six Tech4ED Centers in San Fabian, Pangasinan and activated three Wi-Fi sites in Happy Valley in Baguio City.
The city government of Manila has announced that it will be providing public school students with free access to online learning platforms under Globe’s BatangMaynilaSurf Plans.
DepEd Commons is an online educational platform created by the DepEd for public and private school teachers and learners which supports distance learning, and was being developed even before Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.
Aside from Self-Learning Modules, the DepEd said it will also provide video sessions for learners with special needs.