BAUKO, Mountain Province – The provincial government, through the provincial school board, earmarked P6 million for the procurement of tablets to be distributed to the various public schools serving as pilot sites for the implementation of technology-aided learning in strategic areas in the province that have strong internet signal
Gov. Bonfacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. stated that PhP3 million each was taken from the province’s special education fund (SEF) in 2021 and this year to be used to procure the needed tablets to aid the learners in their blended studies.
Aside from the funds that had been earmarked for the successful implementation of the technology-aided learning in the identified pilot schools in the province, the governor assured the province’s all-out support to the various programs, projects and activities of the education department to make it easier for learners to cope up with the difficulties of the implementation of blended learning and to address issues and concerns besetting the upcoming implementation of full face-to-face classes.
Initially, the education department through the Schools Division of Mountain Province have identified four pilot schools for the implementation of the technology-based learning which include the Guinzadan National High School, the Mountain Province general Comprehensive High School, the Besao National High School and the Lubon National High School.
However, the pilot schools will be expanded to some 121 schools around the province to beef up the implementation of the new learning process and to accustom learners with the new trends in the country’s education sector.
Lacwasan claimed that the provincial government values the importance of education for the present and future generations that is why it is investing in improving the learning environment of the youth so that they will be able to acquire knowledge and skills that they could use in being productive in the future.
He disclosed that during the early stages of the learning process, the children should already be provided with a conducive learning environment for them to be motivated and inspired to pursue a higher level of education they can use to become productive and sustain their needs in the future.
The local chief executive stipulated that the provincial government will go out of its way to look for available resources that can be used to improve the current learning environment of the children to make them comfortable and acquire knowledge for them to improve as they go to a higher level of their studies.
He commended the education department for their passion and dedication to provide learners with the desired conducive learning environment amidst the prevailing challenges in the continuous implementation of blended learning under the present Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Lacwasan underscored that education still remains the best inheritance that parents and guardians could give their children and their wards as this could not be easily taken away from them and they could use their educational attainment to be productive as responsible citizens.