Mankayan to engage communities for class opening

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MANKAYAN, Benguet – The municipal government will continue engaging the different stakeholders in the town’s twelve barangays to ascertain the availability of substantial resources that could be tapped to help the education department in the implementation of the blended learning during the resumption of classes in the different schools by August 24, 2020.

Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong said that aside from whatever available resources that could be used by the municipal government, the education department also needs to engage the parents, teachers and the different communities, to determine the availability of certain resources that could be tapped for needs that may arise when classes start.

He admitted the enrollment in the different schools in the municipality had significantly dropped for the schoolyear 2020-2021 compared to last year’s enrollment data but there has been an increase in the needs of the enrolled students and pupils this year primarily because of the implementation of the blended learning as an offshoot of the new normal following the wrath of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic.

“Everybody is new in this situation that is why we have to work on what will be available with our limited resources. We have to closely work with concerned stakeholders for them to share the available resources in their means to augment the ones that will be made available by the education department in the different schools,” Mayor Ayong stressed.

Earlier, the municipal government committed to donate locally fabricated wash stations to the different public schools in the municipality as part of the efforts of the local government to ensure the compliance of the teachers and the students to the established health and safety protocols, particularly the practice of proper handwashing.

According to him, one of the major requirements of the education department for the coming schoolyear is the availability of heavy duty reproduction machines and photo copiers to be used to mass produce the learning materials that will be used by the students who will be attending classes face to face, on line or through modular.

Mayor Ayong disclosed that he will convene the municipal school board next week to assess and evaluate the available resources that will be shelled out by the municipal government to assist the education department in the implementation of the blended learning during the scheduled resumption of classes next month.

The municipal mayor claimed that among the modes of learning that will be implemented in the municipality will be either face to face or modular because the online platform might not be feasible due to the poor internet signal of the telecommunication providers.

He stated that the local government had been coordinating with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the telecommunication companies for the possibility of improving the internet speed in the different parts of the municipality but their efforts were in vain to date despite the call of the government for the said companies to increase the speed of internet in the different parts of the country.

By Hent

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