PUBLIC school teachers and students in Mandaluyong City will receive free laptops and tablets from the local government unit (LGU) in support of the distance learning this school year (SY) 2020-2021.
This was announced by Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita Abalos during the virtual Monday morning program, attended by local officials and city government employees via video conferencing app Zoom.
Abalos said the city is now 100 percent ready for the implementation of the new mode of learning as the country shifts to online classes amid COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has released adjustment of school calendar for this school year as school opening of classes has been moved to October 5 due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
But private schools or non-DepEd schools that have already started their classes, last August 24 or on other dates ahead of October 5, are allowed to proceed provided they are strictly using only distance learning modalities and that there are no face-to-face classes.
“Handang handa na ang ating lungsod sa pagbubukas ng klase next month.Sa pakikipag tulungan ng ating Schools Division Office, 100 percent ready na ang Tiger City sa implementasyon ng mga makabagong pamamaraan bilang tugon sa new normal,” she added.
“Bilang paghahanda, nauna nating binigyan ng laptop ang lahat ng ating mga principals sa buong mandaluyong, kasama na rin ang mga personnel ng school ng division,” the mayor also said.
“Hinahanda na lang natin o kinokumpleto na lang natin ang pagbibigay ng laptop sa 2,300 teachers sa buong lungsod kabilang ang mga education supervisors mula sa ibat-ibang asignatura “.
As for public school students, Abalos said the city government will provide them with free tablets containing the learning modules they need for their classes.
“Sa mga susunod na linggo, ipapamahagi na rin ang 41,000 units ng educational learning tablets para sa lahat ng mag-aaral sa Lungsod ng Mandaluyong,” she said.
The mayor emphasized that only public school students from Grades 4 to 12 are entitled to receive the learning gadgets.
The city assured they are ready for the upcoming school opening. As nothing can stop their desire to provide the best education for the school children.