DepEd Vows to Improve ICT in Schools Next Year

The Department of Education (DepEd) vowed to further improve the information and communications technology (ICT) in schools next year to enhance the knowledge, skills of teachers and students.

In an interview with Philippine News Agency (PNA) incoming DepEd ICT director Abram Abanil was quoted as saying "We will ensure all schools have computers." He said DepEd will look into the ratio of computers to students to ensure there is enough equipment in schools.

DepEd ICT Director Abanil also added "Aside from having a computer laboratory, we also need to look at how many laboratories will be needed if there is a large number of enrollees," Abanil added.

The Department of Education targets to provide devices in classrooms and not just in laboratories as more ICT devices will be procured next year.

Abanil told PNA that "We're planning to procure at least one presentation device, and maybe one tablet per classroom, so the teachers could use these daily," Abanil stated.

As of this time, teachers would need to ask for a schedule in the computer laboratory before they could use ICT device in teaching. DepEd will also push for internet in all schools with the support from the Department of Communications and Information Technology (DICT).

DepEd also explained that the DICT lays out the internet connection infrastructure, and at present, the country relies only on two providers -- Globe and Smart.

"The coverage and internet speed of these two are very limited, especially in rural areas. Even if we provide schools with budget for the internet, if there is no provider, it would be useless," Abanil said.

The DICT would help DepEd have a mechanism to distribute learning resources to the teachers, Abanil added.

Source: PNA

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