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Manila's public education system gears up for 'blended learning'

Philippine Information Agency
07 Aug 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) --The City Government of Manila will employ the "blended distance learning" mode prescribed by the Department of Education for public schools in the nation's capital.

Mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso said, under the blended distance learning system, modular and online learning will be combined.

The mayor said he believes that learning must continue despite the pandemic with a hope that products of the public education system will be able to thrive.

"I'm a full blooded product of the public education system in the modern times. So there is hope for your students," Domagoso said during the Manila City Schools Division's first virtual Stakeholders' Convergence with the theme "Pagpapanatili ng Bayanihan Tungo sa Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Kabataan."

"Please continue to hope that someday, somehow, there will be billionaires, scientists, doctors, professionals and maybe leaders among your students. Continue to believe in that, continue to guide us, to educate us, and to serve us with good quality education," Domagoso as he finished his speech during the convergence," the Mayor said.

During the activity, information and updates about the Manila City schools' shift to blended learning were discussed to more than 300 participants.

Division of City Schools (DCS) Superintendent Dr. Maria Magdalena Lim talked about DepEd's Learning Continuity Contextualization Plan as the education sector's major response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the Domagoso's administration, the Local School Board was able to appropriate funds for a total of 11,000 laptops with pocket WiFi devices which will be given to the teachers and 136,950 tablet devices with SIM cards which will be provided for the students.

Moreover, the Local Government will also issue sim cards with 10 GB monthly allotment of bandwidth in order to ensure the internet connectivity of the learners and instructors. These devices will be given before the start of School Year 2020-2021 this month. (PIO Manila/PIA-NCR)

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