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PIA Press Release
2007/09/19

Feature: Cyber education, is it needed?

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (19 September) -- After the controversial National Broadband Network project, comes the proposed P26.4 billion Cyber Education Project lobbied by the Department of Education.

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus claimed that the said project is needed to improve the quality of education. That would provide all classrooms nationwide with television sets and employing online education for students.

As this has been grilled in the lower house, Senate President Manuel Villar also raised certain questions on such particular project.

In his recent visit in this city, Villar posited that just like the NBN Project, Cyber Education will also be properly deliberated in both houses to brush off speculations of some anomalies.

"This Cyber Education Project talks about lots of money that is why we need to carefully study it," he said.

Villar added that the necessity for pushing for the P26.48 billion worth of program must be well-established.

Some were against or if not doubtful of the program especially that until now the country still lacks classrooms and teachers. If the basic need has not yet addressed, what more to the plan for elevating education and making it cyber.

Lapus, on the other hand, insisted that cyber education is the answer to teachers' needs in teaching effectively in the classroom.

Villar also cited that the Senate will look upon the cost of the project, is it justifiable or not. "We would have to weigh if this big project is worth its cost and if it is targeted to a big number of beneficiaries."

Finally, Villar also claimed that the senate will also check if this has been a clean deal.

"Sisiguraduhin natin na malinis itong proyektong ito at walang sinuman ang kumita dito."

Lapus testified that he has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with China and not a loan-supply contract as earlier reported. (PIA XI) [top]

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