ALL public elementary and high schools nationwide will have their own computer laboratories by next school year, an official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Thursday.
DepEd undersecretary for administration Alain Pascua said the education department has allocated P4 billion for computer packages.
“We aim that by next year all public schools should have computer laboratories and internet connections,” Pascua told reporters in an interview.
“For this year, we have P1.6 billion for bidding for DBM [Department of Budget and Management] procurement.
For next year, we have another P4 billion,” he added.
He said only 26 percent or 12,163 of the 46,752 public schools nationwide are connected to the Internet.
“This means that 74 percent of these schools are not yet connected to the Internet,” Pascua said.
“This doesn’t mean that we do not have budget for that, or we do not have computer equipment, but the problem is that we don’t have Internet signals in those areas,” the DepEd official added.
He stressed the need for a partnership with the private sector, particularly the telecommunications companies, to help the government in providing infrastructures in those areas and provide internet signal.
The education department has chosen Globe Telecom as an official partner for the Adopt-A-School program where the telecom giant will provide public schools online connectivity, a digital laboratory package containing netbooks or tablets, mobile projectors, and WiFi dongles while teachers are trained on information and communication technology (ICT) education and project-based learning.
Pascua said the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) proposed to connect more than 4,000 public schools to the Internet in the coming years.