Newly elected representative of Cebu City North District, Cutie Del Mar, stated on Tuesday that it is past time to contemplate full digitization of learning modalities by providing each learner with a tablet instead of allowing them to lug heavy books from their houses to their classrooms.
Del Mar believes that equipping pupils with tablets with pre-programmed programs will enable them to embrace technology even if they live in remote areas where internet connectivity is typically inadequate.
“Online learning is not possible in mountain barangays due to challenges in connectivity. So how (can) you expect them (to learn) if they don’t have a signal. You cannot talk about the internet there. And hopefully, we can fund so kids can have tablets that have control so that they cannot play games, download social media, and they can have everything in there,” she said in a media forum.
Del Mar claims that with tablets, elementary and high school children will not be burdened with bulky books, citing the negative impact on their health.
Del Mar also stated that she believes that increasing teacher pay grades will benefit the Philippine school system.
She criticized certain teachers’ low competency levels, which she attributed to their low pay in both public and private educational institutions.
“Increase their salary (salary) grade from 11 to 14, then we will attract more teachers,” she added.
South District Representative-elect Eduardo Rama Jr., said amid the pandemic, 90 percent of children have been found to have “learning poverty” as those who are aged 10 years and below have a hard time understanding a simple story.
“I agree with (Rep.) Cutie. We do need to increase the salary of our teachers. If we compare, teachers in the Philippines have the lowest salary among the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian) countries,” he said.
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