Authorities need to increase the Internet allowance of teachers to help them teach online as education goes digital amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Grace Poe said on June 26.
According to Poe, the one-time annual stipend of P3,500 would no longer be sufficient, and teachers need at least P1,500 per month. All in all, this would cost P1.3 billion to help around 857,000 teachers.
"Their dedication and hard work to mold our youth should be matched by crucial infrastructure to make learning effective," she said in a TeleRadyo interview.
As of writing, only 40% of the Philippines’ 800,000 public school educators have undergone training for blended learning.
Despite that percentage, public schools are still expected to open on August 24. However, face-to-face classes are still prohibited, and lessons will be held online, or would be supplemented with offline materials and activities to be done at home.