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Duterte approves P700M for internet access of 7,000 public schools

Duterte approves P700M for internet access of 7,000 public schools

The government is allotting P700 million intended for internet access to 7,000 public schools nationwide, in preparation for the country’s change to distance learning in the coming school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

Duterte said the Department of Education (DepEd) was “procuring internet connection for 7,000 schools to increase the total number of public schools with internet access.”

“The target completion of the project, which costs P700 million, will be in 10 months,” Duterte said in the report on Tuesday.

The DepEd has pursued the choose blended learning in the upcoming school year, even after Duterte raised worries over the country’s readiness to implement such learning methods.

Duterte commended the Education Secretary Leonor Briones and he is convinced that Briones has come up with a “very good” proposal to be implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Secretary Briones is insisting that there should be an alternative there. And she has a very good program for that. Parang (It’s like) teleconferencing. The technology is good. I do not know if we are ready for that,” Duterte said.

Briones assured Duterte and the public that the opening of school did not mean face-to-face classes.

On the other hand, Duterte said the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) has partnered up with “leading teacher education institutions” to develop and conduct a nationwide Digital Teachers Training Program.

In this Duterte said it was in line with efforts “to build digital capabilities for both teachers and students as a response to the new normal.”

“Further, the DICT is piloting the Digital Learners Project in Pinaglabanan Elementary School in San Juan in August 2020, which will provide gadgets, digital literacy training, and internet connectivity to the teachers and students,” he added.

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