Do telcos have the capability to provide free internet access?
Senator Lito Lapid wants inquiry on the capabilities of telecommunications companies to provide free internet access to students as well as to teachers amid the community quarantine.
The education department is facing hindrances amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening of classes must be adjusted in order to assure the safety of the students, teachers, and school employees.
Although there is an option for online classes, internet access is still a hindrance. In line with this problem, Senator Lapid filed Senate Resolution no. 416 seeking to inquire about the capabilities of telcos to provide free internet that will be used to access the online learning portals as well as educational websites, and other sites related to education, based on the report from Inquirer.
Lapid cited that amid the pandemic or any calamity, it is necessary that students and teachers have stable internet connection in order not to hamper the flow of learning.
“Alam nating matagal pa babalik ang nakagawiang face-to-face o physical classes kaya sa online classes nakadepende ang ating mga estudyante para hindi titigil ang paglinang sa kanilang kaalaman,” Senator said.
Lapid added that as long as there is the COVID-19 threat in the country, the education system will rely mostly on the mechanisms of online classes, projects, assignments, and activities, based on the report.
“Ibig sabihin mangangailangan ang mga estudyante ng malakas at mabilis na Internet para makasabay sa hinihinging pagbabago sa kanilang pag-aaral, pero paano naman makakasabay ang mahihirap na estudyante kung hindi libre ang Internet? Maging ang mga guro ay mahihirapan makapasok sa digital platforms kung ang internet ay kailangan pang bayaran,” he said.
A previous report stated that the Palace already released a statement regarding the enrollment in public schools that will start on June 1. Reports stated that the Department of Educations stated that the classes will resume on August 24 for the school year 2020-2021.
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