Good News: QC and Manila to Give Gadgets to Students and Teachers

The Department of Education (DepEd) reports  about 6 million students have enrolled during the first week of remote registration. This covers both public and private schools. In Metro Manila alone, around 680,000 pupils are expected to start class in August 2020.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he doubts that our country is ready to adopt the virtual learning setup

"The technology is good, but I don’t know if we’re ready for that. Meaning to say, do we have enough of those na gagamitin (devices) for the whole of the Philippines?" he said in a taped address aired on June 5.

He explained that if the government can provide the proper tools, DepEd's distance learning plan can take place. Not all children have tools and reliable internet for online classes.

Manila public school students and their parents need not worry, though. Mayor Isko Moreno announced that the LGU will allot P994 million for e-learning devices. This initiative aims to ease the worry of both students and parents.

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According to Moreno, each student's tablet will have a SIM card that features 10GB bandwidth plus free 2GB for YouTube. Public school teachers will be given laptops with pocket WiFi devices.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte also said her LGU has P2.9 billion supplemental budget to cover e-learning expenses of public schools. She said both junior and senior high school students will receive tablets. Those in primary and grade school will be provided with flash drives and printed learning modules. Kinder and Grade 12 teachers will be given internet allowance to help them perform their duties.

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