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Support for DepEd's Cyber Ed snowballs

Pasig City (21 September) -- Ten of the country's biggest national organizations of teachers, educators and school administrators have signified their full support to the implementation of the proposed Cyber Education Project which is expected to revolutionize the delivery of basic education in public schools.

The biggest group, the 17,000-strong Philippine Elementary School Principals Association (PESPA) said in a manifesto that they stand behind Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus in his advocacy to embark on cyber education--- the most cost-effective way of delivering high quality education to all learners throughout the country.

"It is impossible to reach out to the illiterate youths and adults in the hinterlands and island school divisions without the aid of electronic multi-media technology," said PESPA board secretary Evangeline Ladines.

Other organizations which have signified their strong support to the Cyber Ed project are the Philippine School District Supervisors' Association, Philippine Association of School Superintendents, Philippine Association of Secondary School Administrators, Philippine Association of Vocational Educators and Administrators, Philippine Association of Vocational Educators, Teacher Education Council, Administrative Officers Association of the Department of Education, Association of DepEd Directors and the National Association of Public Secondary School Heads Inc.

Other DepEd regional offices which have added their voice to push through with the Cyber Ed Project are Region IV-B composed of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan; CARAGA Region composed of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Siargao, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, in a survey conducted by the Association of DepEd Directors among their ranks, results showed that majority subscribe to the desirability and cost effectiveness of cyber education.

"We believe that cyber education is the answer to the growth of Philippine education," Director Sol Matugas, ADD president said.

Relative to this, the Division of City Schools of La Carlota City is convinced that cyber education will ultimately help in improving the performance level of students. La Carlota City schools division superintendent Elisa G. Broņola has requested that they be given priority once the CyberEd project gets the green light.

On the other hand, the faculty, parents, students and the community of Jose Leido Jr. Memorial High School and the parents and teachers association of the Division of Pangasinan have joined hands in expressing their full support to the proposed Cyber Ed Project.

In a related development, the Supreme Student Government Officers, an organization of high school student council leaders nationwide has urged Secretary Lapus to hasten the implementation of the cyber education project. "The students, in general, will significantly and genuinely benefit from the cyber education project," the manifesto of support disclosed.

According to Lapus Cyber Ed can bridge the gap between those who perform well and those who do not because even schools in far-flung areas will have access to the best teachers and up-to-date resource materials. The Cyber Ed Project can generate for the government a savings of up to P60 billion which could be channeled to other priority projects of DepEd.

The Cyber Education Project uses satellite technology to provide an efficient and cost-effective solution to deliver educational services to public elementary and secondary schools. It links the schools to a nationwide network that provides 12 video channels, wireless wide area networking, local area networking and internet connectivity.

Some 37,794 schools or 90 percent of all public schools nationwide are expected to be connected in the next three years once the projectget started. (DepEd) [top]

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