DepEd to have 1.3M tablets, computers in 2020 as adjustment for "new normal" due to COVID-19

DepEd to have 1.3M tablets, computers in 2020 as adjustment for “new normal” due to COVID-19

DepEd to have 1.3M tablets, computers in 2020 as adjustment for new normal due to COVID-19

In the news the Department of Education DepEd to have 1.3M tablets, computers in 2020 as adjustment for “new normal” due to COVID-19 pandemic.

As schools shift to a blended education system during the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Education said it would have 1.3 million tablets, laptops, and computers this year.

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said that the DepEd will be purchasing 36,676 laptops, televisions, lapel microphones, and speakers this year, and will receive some 54,350 laptops, 2,350 televisions, and 167,500 tablets procured last year.

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 by the end of 2020.

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.

The number of units is sufficient, as a DepEd study showed that only 11 percent, or 93,221, of the 847,467 public school teachers in the country do not have computers at home, Pascua said.

As of May 20, 1 million computer devices have been distributed to 44,155 public schools nationwide, Pascua said.

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 DepEd needs to ensure that teachers and students have internet-capable equipment to make the most of the DepEd Commons, that can be used for virtual classes that also serve as a repository of learning modules.

“Dito ilalagay ‘yung mga lessons, exams at tips for teaching. Ang parents naman masusundan din ang lessons ng kanilang mga anak,” Briones added.

To ensure that students from far-flung areas can still study under the distance-learning scheme, the government will also tap television and radio stations to broadcast lessons at specific times, according to Sec. Briones.

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