Isko welcomes transferees to Manila’s public schools

August 22, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno says he welcomes transferees from private schools to Manila’s public schools. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Assures distribution of tablets, laptops to teachers, students.

MAYOR Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday said the city of Manila welcomes the some 25,000 students from private schools who have decided to transfer to the city’s public schools.

“Malugod namin kayong tinatanggap,” Moreno said, as he  announced that a system has already been established regarding the slated distribution of the free tablets, laptops and pocket wifi units to public school teachers and students come next week.

Moreno, himself a product of public schools from elementary to high school, said the division of city schools headed by Dr. Magdalena Lim will undertake the distribution of the said devices to the principals and teachers, with the help of parents-teachers associations (PTAs) all the way down to the barangays and finally, to the parents or households.

This, he said, is expected to be finished in time for the slated opening of classes next week.

The mayor said the distribution of said devices is the city government’s way of aiding the teachers and students and easing their expenses as the country prepares for blended, distant learning.

Moreno added the entire package includes pocket wifi for the teachers and SIM cards loaded with 10GB data allocation monthly for the students.

Under the state which classes will be conducted, Moreno noted that the teachers and students would need gadgets to aid them.

Moreno knows that this would not be affordable to all of them, so that he decided to extend much-needed support.

Moreno earlier announced that the city government had allotted over P900 million for the purchase of at least 110,000 tablets and 10,000 laptops for the use of public school students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and teachers, respectively.

The mayor assured that the company chosen to supply the said devices has enough numbers of service centers to cover the warranty, in case of a defect or malfunction.

The said  devices, he added, will form part of city properties and will be returned once the students are done using them, so that others may be able to use them too.

Department of Education (DepEd)  Secretary Leonor Briones earlier lauded Moreno for properly coordinating with her department as to the kind of gadgets that should be used by students for the implementation of blended learning and for even exceeding the minimum requirements set by DepEd.

Briones said Moreno inquired and sought guidance as to what kinds of devices may be used including the required features or specifications, so as to meet the standards set by the DepEd in terms of capacity and functions that have to be complied with for the sake of the students.