Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) – The Senate Finance Committee wants the 2022 draft budget for the education sector, which covers the Ministry of Education and state universities and colleges, to include allowances for face-to-face classes. The current version does not, noted committee chair Senator Angara.
“In response to the pilot implementation of face-to-face courses, the committee saw fit to recommend increases in the budgets of DepEd and SUC,” Angara said in a statement, referring to universities and colleges in the United States. ‘State.
“Sisiguraduhin natin na ligtas ang ating mga mag-aaral and mga guro and simulan na plus madaling panahon the pag-aaaral de mas marami pang estudyante sa loob ng silid-aralan,” he added.
[Translation: We want to make sure that all our students and teachers will be safe and we should start as soon possible the return of more students to the classrooms.]
Angara said the additional funding could be used for upgrading school facilities and purchasing the necessary equipment to comply with minimum health standards and COVID-19 testing of school staff.
The education sector has the highest allocation in the national budget of 5,000 billion yen with funding of 773.6 billion yen. The Senate has not yet adopted the budget for DepEd and SUC.
“We want to give them a certain degree of flexibility in the use of funds since each institution would have different needs,” Angara said.
The DepEd earlier started the pilot test of face-to-face lessons in 100 public schools on November 15, and it will also be implemented in 20 private schools from November 22.
On the flip side, limited face-to-face classes in some college programs, especially health-related programs, started earlier this year. The Higher Education Commission recently decided to allow face-to-face classes in all degree programs.