SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
16 September 2020 03:20:35 PM
The Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday tackled the P50.9-billion proposed budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for 2021, which is up by 6.39 percent from its P47.9-billion allocation this year. Deputy Speaker Dan Fernandez noted the impact of the new normal to the learning of students and the importance of instituting flexible learning standards. “Yung mga estudyante hindi maka-focus. Remember, we are not only ensuring the transfer of knowledge, but we are also trying to instill the discipline,” he said. CHED Chairman Propero De Vera said the effects of technology on flexible learning must seriously be studied. “Wala naman talagang expert dito. We are doing our best to learn as one. We have to make sure that best practices are replicated and worst practices are avoided,” he said. Meanwhile, Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago called on the CHED to look into internet fees to ease the financial burden of students and teachers amid the pandemic. In reply, De Vera said the CHED has been working closely with the Department of Information and Communications Technology to assess the actual connectivity in the different campuses so that the government can design the appropriate intervention. CHED would also use this data in the development of smart campuses in state universities and colleges, which received a P3-billion allocation under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act. The budget hearing was presided over by Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Luis Campos Jr. (2nd District, Makati City).