As a cost-cutting measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday discouraged students with gadgets usable for online learning from requesting printed modules.

Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said the DepEd would start trimming down total recipients of printed self-learning modules in the second quarter of school year (SY) 2020-2021.

“Iyong may smartphones at gadgets ay ie-encourage natin na [gamitin ang] digital format para hindi na masyadong marami ang pangangailangan sa mga papel,” he said in a virtual presser.

San Antonio said about 13 million learners registered to receive self-learning modules for distance learning to start the SY. 

DepEd eyes to reduce the total to 6 million.

“Sa first quarter, sinubok natin na tugunan iyong mga preferences ng mga pamilya kaya popular iyong printed modules,” San Antonio said.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier discouraged parents from registering their children for modular learning, citing the high cost of print-out modules.

Briones said online learning would help as experience with and exposure to technology would provide a new learning landscape.

The new school year will formally open on Oct. 5. John Ezekiel J. Hirro