Duterte suggests the use of transistor radios to help poor students cope with ‘blended learning’

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President Rodrigo Duterte looks into making use of transistor radios to help poor students cope with the shift to blended learning strategies starting this school year. Duterte plans to purchase radios that will be distributed to far-flung areas of the country.

In a streamed meeting in Malacañang, Duterte reiterated his directive that physical classes cannot resume unless a vaccine against COVID-19 has been made available to protect the students.

“Now for the far-flung areas, meron siyang ano, ‘yun ngang kawawa diyan, may radyo sana, walang TV, walang cellphone. Ito yung mga mahirap. That is not the problem of the Department of Education, but the lack of communications, or how to get through the students, maski radyo lang,” he said. 

“We will try to come up with something, maybe by the end of the week. Wala na tayong pera ngayon, but I’d look for the money to buy transistor radios to be distributed all over the country,” he continued.

The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said that they plan to tap government TV and radio stations to broadcast lessons for students in the provinces when classes resume this August.

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