The Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday it released funds for the printing of learning modules following complaints that teachers were not given funds to spend for the transition to blended learning.
Some teachers have reportedly paid for additional printing of learning modules from their own pockets with others seeking donations on social media.
Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said funds might not have reached all schools yet as it noted that the DepEd released the money to its regional offices.
“Nagbaba talaga kami ng pondo sa regions. Maaaring hindi pa umabot sa kaniyang eskuwelahan,” he told TeleRadyo.
(We really released funds to the regions. Maybe this hasn’t reached their schools yet.)
He added that some teachers might have taken it upon themselves to print the learning modules without waiting for DepEd, admitting that funding from the DepEd Central Office was insufficient but there were other sources of money—such as the Special Education Fund of local government units.
Printing of learning modules were earlier distributed to DepEd’s regional and division offices to speed up the process as classes are set to begin on Aug. 24.
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Malaluan added that DepEd would see to it that teachers do not incur additional costs due to the printing of learning modules.
“If it results in giving the teacher additional burden, then we will put the appropriate directive against that,” he said.
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