Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the academic year 2019-2020 has been cut short. Some students were even stuck in their dorms because flights and trips back home were canceled due to quarantine restrictions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). These students, and a lot more, had to adjust and transition to online classes just to continue lessons and finish it by the end of the academic year.
Just so their students can still finish the year’s requirements, teachers and professors had to plan and implement online meetings, presentations, and lessons. Even thesis defenses and final presentations were done over video calls just to let graduating students complete their units. However, not everyone has the privilege to access lessons posted online. (Read: How are universities coping with the impacts of COVID-19?)
One case is of how a grandmother saved all her earnings from selling vegetables to buy her grandson a smartphone for online classes. This story, heartwarming and saddening, has urged netizens to call for the Department of Education (DepEd) to give more support to students’ online education.
Luckily, for Pasigueño students, they have one less thing to worry about when it comes to the resumption of classes. Yesterday, June 17, birthday celebrator and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that the city has raised P1.2 billion to buy gadgets that students can use for online classes. (Read: Pasig City to Roll out ‘Bike Loan’ Program for Employees)
“Alam natin na sa ngayon, medyo delikado pa at ayaw nating maging breeding ground ng virus ang ating mga paaralan. So magiging distance learning po talaga,” Mayor Vico said. The Pasig LGU will be providing tablets and laptops to students and teachers of the city, from elementary to senior high school.
Mayor Vico added that college students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig (PLP), the city-run university, will also receive tablets from the city government for their continued education through online classes. The millennial mayor also said that a P30 million budget will be dedicated to PLP to fund the students’ education. “Pakiusap ko sa inyo, mag enroll po kayo. Libre naman po. ‘Wag kayong tumigil sa pag aaral, sayang po ‘yung pagkakataon,” Mayor Vico says. (Read: TESDA offers 68 free training courses amid extended Luzon lockdown)