Some 52,670 public school students in Puerto Princesa City are now set to use the templates for the modular learning system at the start of school year, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Mabel Musa said during the regular session of the City Council on Monday.
Musa said the Local School Board had already approved the budget of P14 million from the Special Education Fund of 2020 for the purchase of 21 risograph machines to be used in the printing of modules and other materials, as well as fund the necessary Internet connections for the public schools.
Around 90 percent of Puerto Princesa public schools have resorted to modular learning through printed materials based on a survey.
Musa said that the students would be using printed modules to be distributed by the school authorities in time for the formal opening of public schools in the city on 24 August 2020.
“Our teachers are ready to conduct visitation to houses of students to guide them how to answer the modules. Our modules are designed for distant learning,” Musa said.
Para-teachers, such as day-care teachers under the city government, will also be tapped for the program implementation in the barangay level.
She added that volunteers, comprised of education graduates who have been conducting practice-teaching, have also signified their intention to help in the new system aside from the Sangguniang Kabataan officials in the city.
According to Curriculum Instruction Division officer-in-charge Cyril Serador, there would be a separate modular distance learning of schools in the city proper where there is available electricity and Internet connection, while schools in remote areas will be making use of the printed modules.
Only the Palawan National School (PNS) and the Puerto Princesa City National High School were capable of conducting online learning, but it will not be purely online in the case of PNS wherein only 10 percent of its students can do so.