The Department of Education said Monday that a total of 1,042,575 devices have already distributed to 43,948 public schools, which comprise 93% of all public schools in the country.
Abram Abanil, DepEd Director for Information and Communications Technology Service, bared this figure as the department continues its preparations for the blended learning to be implemented for School Year 2020 to 2021.
Abanil said ,“This accounts for 93 percent ng ating schools ay meron na tayong mga iba’t-ibang computers, laptops, at tablets na magagamit ng ating mga kabataan.”
Another 211,344 devices will be delivered to students by December 2020, citing delays caused by COVID-19, he added.
He said the devices delivered by DepEd will “augment” the existing devices owned by students.
“Sinigurado namin na ‘yung mga systems na dineploy natin ay naka-zero rate sa telcos para magamit ito ng ating mga kabataan using their smartphones even without having any load para mag-access ng mobile data,” he added.
In terms of capacity building, Abanil disclosed that DepEd has already trained a total of 385,471 teachers on ICT-based teaching through online trainings, which accounts for 45 percent of teachers nationwide.
“We have also prepared 1.5 hours of video lecture on how to use the learning management system that we broadcasted through TV noong August 11 sa dry run namin (in our dry run on August 11),” said Abanil.
DepEd is now in the process of developing an orientation program for parents and students using television as a medium so they can also learn how to use the learning management system for the resumption of classes, he added.
He explained that DepEd’s intention in having video lectures is to reach out through the television, teachers who do not have access to the internet.
The opening of classes in public schools was earlier moved from the original date of August 24 to October 5. Private schools were allowed to resume classes before the latter date.