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Pampanga acquires equipment for schools ahead of August opening

City of San Fernando—The provincial government will acquire school equipment including educational materials vital for the opening of classes through blended learning program of the Department of Education next month.

Governor Dennis Pineda said the provincial government had allocated an amount for the procurement of 74 risograph printing machines for class modules and cost of television production for the new normal educational system which will open on August 24.

Pineda said the risograph machines would be distributed to different local government units which would handle the printing and distribution of modules to different primary, secondary and senior high school students in government learning institutions in the province.

A local television outfit, Pineda said, had been tapped to air educational shows once classes resume next month.

"All equipment, TV production and program costs would be shouldered by the provincial government,” said Pineda during the final meeting with DepEd officials and LGU representatives at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center Monday.

DepEd provincial director Zenia Mostoles urged parents to enroll their children to avail themselves of the government distance learning program to continue the children's education amid the pandemic.

She said registration for school year 2020-2021 had started and would end on July 15.

The Blended Learning is a program proposed by the DepEd in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused interruption to the education of students.

DepEd said about 16.6 million have enrolled in both government and private schools for 2020-2021 school year. A big number or 15.8 million enrolled in public learning institutions while 700,000 in private schools.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the low turnout rate of private schools was "usual" because private schools might open their classes on a different dates than August 24.

Topics: Department of Education , Pampanga , Zenia Mosteles , Leonor Briones , COVID-19 , Dennis Pineda
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