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‘Wag muna magtayo ng classroom! Robredo urges DepEd to realign P30.7-B for blended learning requirements

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Vice President Leni Robredo is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to realign around P30.7 billion of its 2020 budget for distance learning requirements as teachers continue preparing for the opening of classes on August 24.

In a letter dated August 10 sent to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Robredo said DepEd could use the P29.5-billion budget for rehabilitation of school buildings for blended learning requirements since there will be no need for new classrooms.

Students will be learning their lessons through a mix of online and offline methods as there will be no face to face classes anytime soon.

“This amount can be used to procure the needed gadgets and equipment for distance learning, as well as address the health concerns of educators,” Robredo said.

The Vice President said DepEd’s P700-million budget for training teachers could be spent instead on teachers’ needs for the “new normal” in education.

“Many of these trainings have already, or will be, shifted to online modalities, thus freeing up resources that would otherwise have been used for travel and accommodations. These resources can be used for other support… including testing for teachers,” Robredo said.

The Vice President has recommended testing teachers for COVID-19 before the opening of classes.

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