The Department of Education (DepEd) said students might need to share learning modules next year due to the lack of funds for the printing of materials.
For the first two grading periods of the upcoming school year, Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said the DepEd could follow a 1:1 module-to-student ratio but the case may not be the same for the remaining quarters next year.
“Baka in 2021, hindi natin maibigay ang 1:1 kasi ang funding natin is only P15 billion,” Sevilla said in a virtual press briefing.
(Maybe in 2021, we can no longer give the 1:1 because our funding is only P15 billion.)
Classes are set to open in Oct. 5 through distance learning as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
The DepEd had said it needs at least P35 billion to P40 billion to finance the printing of learning modules for the last two quarters of school year 2020 to 2021 as well as the next school year.
Should there be a shortage in learning modules, DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said printed modules would be rotated among students.
“Ang importante dito ay nadi-disinfect ang modules bago ito ilipat sa susunod na gagamit, and this is perfectly allowed,” he said.
(What’s important is to disinfect modules before it is transferred to the next user. And this is perfectly allowed.)
Printed learning modules are among the education delivery modes under the DepEd’s distance learning program.
The DepEd has said that the modules are also available on its online platform—DepEd Commons. These can also be downloaded at Education PH.
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