AT LEAST 320,000 public school students in kindergarten and elementary levels will each receive pairs of slippers and school supplies from the Provincial Government next school year.
Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, said she has tasked the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Federation to look into the program of providing slippers, bags and other school supplies for learners.
The Capitol will also provide notebooks, pads of paper and pens, among others, for public high school students.
“They were not able to actually get data on how many schoolchildren in elementary and kinder and their corresponding sizes for the slippers. We shall be presenting that on the 13th (of December) when we have the (Provincial) School Board meeting,” Garcia said.
The governor also asked the PTA Federation to check how a feeding program, tied up with the school garden and local government unit, can help learners.
This way, Garcia said, no student will attend school on empty stomachs.
“We are defining our priorities for the special education fund and the available funds of the Provincial School Board,” she said.
PTA Federation president Isabelo Montejo, for his part, said they have already gathered the feet sizes of the students who will benefit from the program.
“Our goal really is to have a big academic impact on our learners. We’re preparing it now so that when classes open in June 2020, we will be able to distribute these immediately,” he said.
Aside from programs for students, Montejo said they are also looking to augment the teaching aid allowance extended to public school teachers.
At present, Montejo said teachers only receive P3,000 in teaching aid assistance to cover one school year.
“Imagine, they’ve been teaching for at least 10 months and it won’t be enough to cover their expenses for teaching materials. Sometimes, they will just use their salaries to buy cartolina and construction paper,” he added.
Montejo, though, said they have yet to determine how much the augmentation will cost since they still have to discuss the matter. (RTF)