Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that classes for school year 2020-2021 will formally start on October 5, 2020.
However, face-to-face classes will still not be allowed for the safety of both students and teachers. Thus, the opening of classes will require a drastic change in teaching methods.
DepEd, in its preparation for the new school year, will provide Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) with the alternative learning delivery modalities (modular, television-based, radio-based instruction, blended, and online) to be offered to schools and students. These modules will be prepared for distribution nationwide including learners in remote areas. Schools then are in need of bountiful paper supply in order to generate for the modular learning program.
In action, the DepEd – Division of Davao del Sur has already purchased and distributed a total number of 6,100 reams of A4 bond papers to its schools.
The 1,100 reams were purchased out of the Php 200,000 funds downloaded from the Central Office while the 5,000 reams which costs Php 825,000 were from the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for the production, reproduction and distribution of SLMs.
The reams of paper were handed out to each school last week- August 24 to 28, facilitated by the division supply officer Romeo Yting.
Upon receiving their share, school heads and teachers then conveyed their gratitude.
“Thanks to the Government of the Philippines and to the people behind the processing of the release of supplies”, one school head said.
With this, all schools are expected to prepare the necessary modules and other learning materials for students to use and study in their homes.