- The Department of Education launched the new set of improved computer packages to be distributed in public schools nationwide as part of the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP)
- Standalone desktop and tablet PC packages are among the department’s deployment plan of computer packages this year
- The devices are colored blue to indicate that they are government property to prevent incidents of theft
The Department of Education (DepEd) launched the new set of improved computer packages to be distributed in public schools nationwide as part of the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) to further enhance the teaching and learning process of students.
As the department aims to raise the information and communications technologies (ICT) literacy of students, teachers and school heads, DepEd said it is planning to provide computer laboratory packages to secondary schools and electronic classrooms to elementary schools.
“We have to train our children in the use of ICT systems so that it will sharpen their analytical capacities, help them in solving problems and keeping up with the demands of world outside, whether it is university studies or the world of work,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in a press conference.
“The aim of the program is to deliver computer units in every school. Our aim actually is to establish computer laboratories, one in every school,” Undersecretary Alain del Pascua added.
The P8.6-billion budget has already been approved for DCP this year.
“For 2018, about 460,000 ang ide-deliver [will be delivered] this year in about 11,000 schools,” Pascua added. “Ang target natin [our target is], by 2022, lahat ng schools may computer laboratories na [all schools should have computer laboratories already].”
DepEd has laid out its deployment plan of computer packages this year:
- 22,154 schools to receive multimedia packages for Kinder to G3
- 11,708 elementary, junior high and senior high schools will receive thin-client packages, totaling 293,796 terminals
- 1,361 junior high schools will receive Tablet PC packages totaling 68,050 tablets
- 18 senior high schools will receive standalone desktop PC packages, totaling 918 desktops
The devices are designed with the color blue to indicate that they are government property to prevent incidents of theft of DepEd packages in schools in the past years.
Light blue-colored devices for Kinder up to Grade 12 while dark blue-colored computers will be for those in junior and senior high school level.
Computers powered by solar energy will also be provided for schools that have no access to electricity such as in remote areas.
For schools that have no access to the internet, offline programs by DepEd have also been installed at the new computers.