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Pacquiao urges for 'one student, one gadget' program

January 14, 2022 - Friday 8:01 PM by Kristine Casampol

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PROMDI presidential aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao has pledged to push for a "one student, one gadget" policy in its education system to give students equal opportunities to shape their futures.

Pacquiao emphasized the importance of ensuring that all students in the country's educational system will cope with the demands of the "new normal."

Meanwhile, the senator urged the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to prepare for a prolonged virtual mode of education in light of the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He urged the two organizations to create long-term plans to use modular and digital platforms as training modes.

Pacquiao also stated that the government must ensure that the poor have equal access to education by providing them with the assistance they urgently need.

The presidential aspirant stated that gadgets that may be used for online classes are a critical component for the poor to cope with the demands of the "new normal."

“We will provide every student their own devices to use for their online classes. If possible, we will also look into providing free internet connectivity to marginalized communities to use for online learning,” he stated.

This is not impossible, according to the Mindanaoan senator, if the devices are funded by government corruption savings, which are projected to be between P700 billion and P1 trillion a year.

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