Quezon City’s local government unit recently approved a Php 2.9 billion supplemental budget for the implementation of the ‘new normal’ in their public schools.
The budget will be used to fund necessary learning materials such as gadgets, printed modules, and internet allowances for over 430,000 public school students.
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“We are adjusting our budget to ensure that our children will continue learning despite the sudden shift from traditional to alternative learning modalities,” said QC Mayor Joy Belmonte.
Included in the budget are tablets for 155,921 enrolled junior high school students and 19,810 enrolled senior high school students. Kinder and grade school students will receive modules, learning packets containing flash drives, and other additional printed materials.
Meanwhile, a portion of the city’s special education budget will be used to fund internet allowances for Kinder to Grade 12 public school teachers.
“The city plans to assign gadgets to all public schools and other educational facilities that teachers can share through a shifting schedule,” Education Affairs Head Aly Medalla explained.
“We also intend to improve or increase internet connectivity in schools so more teachers have access to the Internet.”
The QC government will be using a blended system of learning for basic education in adherence to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
To this end, they are working to improve school facilities before the resumption of face-to-face classes. They will also be providing students with care packages which consist of goggles, face masks, alcohol, and other necessary items.
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