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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Public schools urged to implement computer class program

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- In line with the Department of Education Internet Connectivity Program (DICP), school administrators and teachers in the province are asked to properly implement their computer class program as part of the curriculum.

Kalinga Schools Division Supervisor Marylinda Santos said that to realize the project’s objective, there is a need for all teachers to be computer literate to ensure that their students could cope with the advancing methods in the learning process. Teachers, old or new, who are in the frontline of the educational development must be receptive in learning even how to use the computer, she said.

Santos said computer class teachers have already undergone training but their acquired knowledge would not be improved if they do not apply it in their classes, and will become useless if not shared to their pupils and students

Schools in the province, she said, are coping up with the digital trend considering that most public secondary schools are now equipped with enough computer units for at least one class.

Several elementary schools were also provided with computer units, with central schools required to have one laboratory class for their special science classes. Just recently, selected secondary and central schools were also provided LCD inter-active digital wide screen displays for their computer classes to facilitate the learning process.

With this development it is expected, she said, that every pupil and student has undergone hands on learning in the use of computer.

Some schools in Kalinga especially those outside Tabuk City she said are still faced with many challenges regarding the adoption of the program considering that only the capital town of Tabuk and some parts of Pinukpuk have stable energy source and internet connection. Several municipalities rely on other current sources such as generators that are usually operational on scheduled time, thus, schools are required to have their own generators to ensure that their computer classes are functional.

She said another concern raised is the limited or no school budget for the computer classes. Thus, the computers are not being utilized, leaving the knowledge of teachers and students based on theories without the actual hands-on learning approach.

But these setbacks should not stop schools with the help of the teachers, parents and their local government units in providing the best education for the children especially that the DICP management is school-based, Santos pointed out.

In an interview, Maria Lourdes Antonio, Computer Department head of the Tabuk National High School (TNHS) main said that 50 percent of their teaching personnel are already using the internet connectivity technology (ICT) in their classes. Every department she said has its own programmed ICT training. The school is endeavoring to provide all its 2,008 students a hands-on learning experience. TNHS has two computer laboratories, one for the science class and the other for the regular classes, she added.

The DICP had become part of the public education system since its launching in 2009 through DepEd Order No. 50. The project was piloted in the capital region and eventually adopted in the different provinces. (JDP/GGD- PIA-CAR, Kalinga)

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