Gatchalian files bill on digital transformation of basic education sector

Gatchalian files bill on digital transformation of basic education sector

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that seeks to accelerate the digital transformation of the basic education sector, one of his 20 priority measures for the 19th Congress.

Under Gatchalian’s proposal, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will accelerate the installation, deployment, and activation of free public Wi-Fi in all public basic education institutions.

This is in compliance with the mandate of Republic Act No. 10929 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act to strengthen teaching and learning even in remote areas by creating a free public internet access program that will provide free access to internet service in public places throughout the country. Based on the most recent data from the Free Public Wi-Fi monitoring dashboard, there are at least 945 public basic education schools with free public Wi-Fi constituting only about 2% of all public schools in the country. (ai/mtvn)

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