Senators want to use special education fund for COVID-19 response in schools

Amid calls for help from various education stakeholders, senators find ways to help fund the new normal in education.

During the joint Senate Local Government and Basic Education Committee hearing on Friday, senators pushed to expand the application of the Special Education Fund or SEF to help in the implementation of the new blended learning scheme amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

Under the Local Government Code, the SEF provides local school boards funding for necessary educational expenses.

Among these, operation and maintenance of public schools, construction and repair of school buildings, facilities and equipment, and purchase of books and periodicals.

The SEF comes from shares of local government units in the proceeds of the additional one percent tax on real property.

Senate Basic Education Committee Chairman Win Gatchalian said he wants the fund to be used for the localized COVID-19 testing of teachers, learners, and personnel.

He also wants the SEF to be used in procuring disinfection materials and other public health supplies such as soap, alcohol, thermometers, and sanitizers.

Gatchalian also pushed for funding for the training of teachers and personnel for emergency response and to raise awareness on COVID-19.

Senate Committee on Health Chairman Bong Go also said he wants the SEF to be used to fund the operation of Alternative Learning System, and payment of salaries and benefits of school staff.

May mga munisipyo, mga 4th class municipalities na kulang talaga ang kanilang pondo. Ni notebook, ballpen o lapis ay hindi po nila kayang bumili. Napaka-unfair po noon. Hirap na nga sila sa access sa magagandang classroom o kumpletong kagamitan… they were deprived po sa mga educational materials such as notebooks dahil di kayang bumili iyong kanilang local government units,” Go explained.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *