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Gatchalian wants laptops for all public school students

Gatchalian wants laptops for all public school students

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has filed a bill seeking to provide laptops for K to 12 students in public schools.

In Senate Bill No. 474 or the “One Learner, One Laptop Act” students can have a quality digital education.

Gatchalian said that learners have been struggling due to lack of devices and unstable internet connection.

“The intent of this priority measure is to ensure that all learners will be able to continue with their education even in the midst of emergency situations or disasters that could disrupt face-to-face classes,” Gatchalian said.

“Even if physical interactions are already in full swing, these devices would still be needed for any school work,” he added.

The measure stated that the Department of Education secretary, through the Bureau of Learning Resources, shall plan the policies, standards, and guidelines for the implementation and management of providing one laptop for every public school students.

It also mandates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to speed up the installation, deployment, and activation of free public Wi-Fi in all public schools.

The measure also aims that students will receive subsidized data plans if their parents are listed as beneficiaries under the “Listahanan” of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).