President Rodrigo Duterte says that the gov’t will provide free internet access in schools as the education sector shifts to digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the President, free internet connectivity will be implemented by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in coordination with the education authorities.
“In line with the shift to alternative modes of learning such as online or digital learning, the DICT directed its regional offices to coordinate with the DepEd (Department of Education), Commission on Higher Education, SUCs (state universities and colleges), and other educational institutions for the prompt installation and deployment of the Free WiFi Internet Access Service,” the President said.
He also said that the free internet access program is in line with the DICT Memorandum on “Providing Adequate Free WiFi/Internet Access and connectivity for Public Educational institutions.”
The President recently opposed to the resumption of face-to-face classes in schools until an effective coronavirus vaccine is discovered.
The Department of Education through its Learning Continuity Plan will be implementing different learning delivery options such as blended and distance learning as well as homeschooling. Printed materials will be also distributed to students.
These alternative learning methods have been proposed “until physical attendance in school is deemed safe,” according to the President.
Classes for basic education are scheduled to open on August 24, 2020, and will end on April 30, 2021.
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Source: Manila Bulletin
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