DepEd Partners With Telcos To Provide Free Access To Online Platforms
DepEd PARTNERS WITH TELCOS – Amid the Enhanced Community Qurantine, schools have been suspended indefinitely.
As such, the Department of Education is trying to find a compromise so learning could continue. Some of their options were to conduct online classes and provide online platforms students can access.
However, not all students have the technology or the means to access these platforms. Thus, DepEd partnered with telecommunications companies to help students get free access to its online learning platforms.
Now, both students and teachers from public and private school, as well as those in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) can access DepEd Commons for free. This website is DepEd’s online learning platform and can be accessed without incurring data charges.
Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, and TNT have collaborated to provide students free access to these platforms. This was made possible after DepEd partnered with Globe and Smart in cooperation with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
However, according to an article from Manila Bulletin, DepEd clarified that links on the DepEd Commons page still require internet access.
In this time of crisis, it is important that we make it possible to overcome this challenge with solid partnerships with the private sector.
We are thankful for our partners’ generosity in support of the continuity of public education by providing us free data for DepEd Commons access amid the COVID-19 situation
As of April 29, DepEd’s website had over 5,350,377 unique users accessing its online platform since the start of the quarantine. Moreover, the number of users are projected to rise this coming days.
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