Public school students and teachers in Pasig will be using tablet computers if the traditional face-to-face learning is not possible once classes reopen on 24 August.
In an earlier social media post, Mayor Vico Sotto said he was already coordinating with the Department of Education (DepEd) for any possibility in time of school resumption whether it is traditional or virtual or online learning education.
In an interview Wednesday morning, Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo disclosed that the local government will allocate P1 billion to fund this project, with the number of students to be given the devices at about 140,000. The budget will be mainly sourced from the local government’s Special Education Fund.
Sotto added that his administration is already preparing internet connections in all barangays if ever the government proposes virtual classes.
In a separate interview, City Councilor Corazon Raymundo, chairperson of the city’s Committee on Education, said that Pasig is already preparing for the opening of classes on 24 August, if it will push through as announced by the Department of Education.
She said the agreement with DepEd is that the latter will provided the modules for various subjects and when classes are fully online, the students will be given their worksheets or assignments.
The city councilor added that students will be given tablet computers at P6,000 to P7,000 apiece while teachers will be given laptops.
Data released by the Pasig Public Information Office showed that the total number of elementary students in Pasig City is 75,019, while the junior high school (Grades 7-10) 49,100 and senior high school (Grades 11-12) is 10,820.