Department of Education Says 1GB Daily Allowance for Public School Teachers is Enough for e-Learning & School Activities
The Department of Education (DepEd) said that the one gigabyte data per day for public school teachers is enough for online classes.
The Education Department launch a program called “DepEd’s SIM Card and Connectivity Load Program.” The program aims to provide SIM cards for teachers containing 34GB connectivity load every month.
DepEd explained that one gigabyte per day is enough to access e-learning and department applications for a month. The department said that the daily 1GB allocation can support a video conference up to eight hours.
“According to our analytics consumption tests, the 1GB per day for 30 days is enough to access e-learning and whitelisted or zero-rated DepEd applications,” DepEd said.
The agency released the statement after Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro submitted the House Bill 7034 or the Internet Allowance for Public School Teachers Act.
The bill aims to provide P1, 500 monthly internet allowance for public school teacher while using the distance learning system amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers explained that the expired DepEd 349 SIM cards could no longer receive the 1GB daily allocation. Teachers with expired SIMs would only get the accumulated unused 4GB monthly data provision.
The department also reiterated that the agency has no existing fund to cover the internet allowance for teachers. The connectivity allowance would cost over P18 billion.
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DepEd also promised to cooperate with other agencies to ensure that the teachers would receive the 1GB daily allowance for school activities.
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