Gatchalian files bill to provide laptops to learners

Gatchalian files bill to provide laptops to learners

By Liza Soriano

All K–12 students enrolled in public schools will receive a laptop, according to Senator Win Gatchalian’s proposed legislation.

To guarantee that students can get top-notch online education and distant learning at all times and in all situations, Gatchalian introduced Senate Bill No. 474, also known as the One Learner, One Laptop Act.

He recounted how students struggled with remote learning when the COVID-19 outbreak reached its peak due to a paucity of gadgets and erratic internet connectivity.

“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.

Under the proposed measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary, through the Bureau of Learning Resources, shall formulate the policies, standards, and guidelines for the implementation and management of providing one laptop for every public school learner.

“Nakita natin nitong panahon ng pandemya ang napakahalagang papel ng internet at mga gadgets para sa pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon. Kaya naman upang matiyak nating tuloy ang edukasyon kahit sa panahon ng krisis, isinusulong natin na mabigyan ng laptop at maayos na internet ang ating mga mag-aaral,” said Gatchalian.


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