The Department of Education (DepEd) is proposing the availability of connectivity allowance for public teachers and senior high school (SHS) students to support the country’s distance learning which will be effective next year.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones requested PhP 4 billion from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the implementation of Digital Education, Information Technology and Digital Infrastructure and Alternative Learning Modalities in accordance with Republic Act No. 11594 or better known as Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.
Funding requested for the said initiative will catch the connectivity load of approximately 3.2 million SHS students and 900,000 teachers nationwide.
“We recognize the importance of load allowance for our learners and teachers to deliver quality education despite these challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from our Congress and the DBM, we shall continue to push for more financial assistance to our stakeholders, ”said Secretary Briones.
Teachers will receive a PhP 400 load allowance while SHS students will receive PhP 250 per month for three months, which generates PhP 3.6 billion.
“Once you have the connectivity load, you can download [educational] videos or talk to your students more,” said Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua at the height of the meeting held at Triangulo Elementary School in Naga City with head teachers on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the remaining PhP 400 million will be allocated to extend the implementation of learning materials for DepEd Commons, DepEd TV and Radio (PhP 200 million); will also increase funding for the printing and delivery of self-learning modules (SLM) (PhP 150 million) and build 2,000 radio transmitters in Last Mile Schools (PhP 50 million).
Free access to DepEd learning platforms
Undersecretary Pascua also appealed to school officials to remind parents and students to download free (even without load) educational videos and SLMs from DepEd Commons.
“Learners can also watch DepEd TV live streaming for free at https://www.facebook.com/DepEdTVOfficial/,” he shared.
Also according to Usec. Pascua, DepEd is still looking for ways to support distance learning through talks with telecommunication companies.
Also at the height of the consultative meeting, Usec answered. Pascua, along with Undersecretary for Field Operations Revsee Escobedo, issues and concerns of school officials over the renovation of facilities, including the testing of distance learning caused by Super Typhoon Rolly.
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