“DepEd to purchase more digital learning devices in 2020 as the education shifts to new normal.” To avoid students’ exposure to the virus, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that they will have 1.3 million tablets, laptops, and computers this year as schools shift to the new normal.
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DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said during the Senate’s Committee of the Whole hearing that they need to ensure that teachers and students have internet-capable devices to make the most of the DepEd Commons, an online learning platform for learners.
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“Dito ilalagay ‘yung mga lessons, exams at tips for teaching. Ang parents naman masusundan din ang lessons ng kanilang mga anak,” she said.
Undersecretary Alain Pascua, in his text message to reporters, said that the education agency will be purchasing 36,676 laptops, televisions, lapel microphones, and speakers this year. DepEd will also receive 54,350 laptops and 2,350 televisions, and 167,500 tablets procured last year.
By the end of this year, the DepEd will have 475,650 tablets and 634,877 desktop computers for 21.4 million public school students, and 190,574 laptops for public school teachers.
The laptops only account for 22 percent of public school teachers in the Philippines, while the tablets and desktops cover 94 percent of the total number of public school students.
Usec. Pascua said that the number of units is sufficient based on DepEd’s study which showed that only 11%, or 93,221 of the 847,467 public school teachers in the country do not have computers at home.
“The direction is to provide a laptop for each teacher . . . The Department needs to recognize that teachers who use their own devices bought these out of their own resources. It is still the responsibility of the state to provide government-issued laptops.”
The undersecretary also said that 1 million computer devices have been distributed to 44,155 public schools nationwide, as of May 20, 2020.
According to Secretary Briones, the government will also utilize television and radio stations for the broadcasting of lessons at specific times. This is to ensure that students from far-flung areas can still study under the distance-learning scheme.
Senate Comimittee on Basic Education Chair Sherwin Gatchalian said that most schools are still unprepared for the shifting. According to him, 15% of Filipino teachers have been trained to deliver the alternative modes of education, while 84% said that they are “not yet ready.”
DepEd to purchase more digital learning devices in 2020 as the education shifts to new normal. – Updated: May 22, 2020
Source: ABS-CBN News
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