MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- The city schools division of the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to transition into a mixed scheme of instruction for the incoming school year through gadgets, in order to gradually wean away students from a purely modular distance learning using printed modules.

And to make this happen, techy tools like USBs and computer tablets have been prepared for distribution, Josilyn Solana, city schools division superintendent disclosed during last week’s Kapihan sa PIA forum.

The city government through Mayor Nacional Mercado has given 672 units of universal serial serial bus (USBs) and these will be downloaded with appropriate lessons from kinder to senior high school for airing in the radio station under the radio-based instruction program, Solana reported.

In addition, the city DepEd office shall utilize its P4 million savings for the procurement of 800 units computer tablets that will be spread to schools, where students shall study content by groups of five, Solana said.

She anticipated that all these will be in place to catch up with the opening of classes for the school year 2021-2022 on September 13.

The city DepEd joined the nationwide month-long observance of Brigada Eskwela with partner agencies from the private and public sector, but unlike in pre-COVID-19 times when there were mass gatherings in physical clean-up of schools, Solana said the focus now is more on Brigada Pabasa.

Parents are encouraged to give time to their children, reading them stories the old-fashioned way using books, or clicking stories by online, offline connection using cell phones or computers, and these will be monitored by Brigada Pabasa volunteers, Solana explained. (LDL/MMP/PIA-8/Southern Leyte)