85,000 Makati students to get learner’s packs, free load

Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Around 85,000 public school students would receive learner’s packages and free daily five-hour internet load for the whole school year, the Makati City government said yesterday.

In a statement, Mayor Abby Binay said the additional benefits were raised following consultation with the Department of Education in Makati as part of efforts to adapt to the new normal while there is no vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019.

“The city government has been actively involved in current efforts of the Department of Education to ensure that quality education continues to be accessible to the youth amidst the crisis. We are committed to making the blended learning approach work to the advantage of our students, through equipping them with the right tools,” she said.

The learner’s package contains an On-The-Go flash drive, printed modules and two washable face masks.

The flash drive would contain digitized learning modules to give students from pre-school to senior high school an opportunity to learn and study even without an internet connection.

Teachers would upload all the lessons for the week in the flash drive, which could be claimed from the teacher together with the printed version of the modules.

The mayor also urged parents to “start imbuing the students with the proper mindset and discipline so that they will be ready and eager to learn when classes begin in the new setup.”

The package and load would be given on top of annual benefits received by Makati’s students.

The city government will also give free internet load to public school teachers to ensure the effective conduct of online activities and sessions.

In addition to online modalities, Google Classrooms, Facebook Messenger and other online apps may also be used for internet-based teaching and follow-up sessions. Students may also ask questions and clarify the lessons with their teachers through Google Meet.

Parents would also receive journals containing guidelines on how they can assist their children in their studies.

According to the education department of the city, the online enrollment of students for the incoming school year is ongoing until the end of the month.

If the family does not have sufficient internet access, parents could resort to physical enrollment by filling out the learning enrollment and survey forms, available in schools and barangay halls.



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