The Department of Education (DepEd) began on Tuesday the distribution of learning materials to public school students in Metro Manila since the upcoming school year would require distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DepEd National Capital Region (NCR) Office Director Malcolm Garma said the early delivery of learning materials would give the department more time to prepare for the opening of classes on Oct. 5
“We have scheduled the actual distribution of the learner packages starting September 1 and would last up until September 15,” he said in a virtual press briefing on Monday.
For Metro Manila, Garma said the DepEd wanted to deliver the learning materials “as early as possible so we can prepare better for the opening of classes.”
Local government units of Metro Manila are also helping out in the delivery of learning materials, he added.
While the delivery of learning materials in Metro Manila has started, several school division offices in the region have yet to complete the printing of learning modules.
Of the 16 NCR school division offices, there are four that are only “50 to 70 percent” complete, according to Garma.
A previous survey of DepEd had shown that the majority of students in the Philippines prefer printed learning modules instead of online learning due to limited resources.
Learning materials can also be downloaded online at the DepEd Commons website and Education PH.
More than 2 million students have enrolled in public schools in Metro Manila as of Aug. 28, data from the DepEd showed.
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