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For each student in Cebu City, the mayor wants tablets instead of books.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cutie Del Mar, the newly elected representative of Cebu City North District, stated on Tuesday that it is past time to contemplate full digitization of learning modalities by providing each learner with a tablet instead of allowing them to lug heavy books from their houses to their classrooms.

Del Mar believes that equipping pupils with tablets with pre-programmed programs will enable them to embrace technology even if they live in remote areas where internet connectivity is typically inadequate.

“Because of connectivity issues, online learning is not practicable in mountain barangays.” So, if they don’t have a signal, how can you expect them to learn? You are not permitted to discuss the internet there. “And ideally, we’ll be able to raise funds so that kids can have tablets with parental controls, so they can’t play games, download social media, or have everything in there,” she added at a media conference.

Del Mar claims that with tablets, elementary and high school children will not be burdened with bulky books, citing the negative impact on their health.

Del Mar also stated that she believes that increasing teacher pay grades will benefit the Philippine school system.

She bemoaned the low competency level of certain teaching staff, which she attributed to the low pay they receive in both public and private educational institutions.

“If we raise their pay grade from 11 to 14, we’ll be able to attract more instructors,” she added.

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic, South District Representative-elect Eduardo Rama Jr. stated that 90 percent of youngsters have been discovered to be in “learning poverty,” as those aged 10 and under have difficulty understanding a simple story.

“I concur with (Rep.) Cutie’s position. Our instructors’ salaries need to be increased. When we compare salaries among ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, teachers in the Philippines have the lowest pay,” he said.

Meanwhile, Del Mar has stated that she will advocate for the establishment of a branch of Cebu Technological University (CTU) in the mountain village of Guba in this city, to serve senior high school graduates who want to pursue agricultural and other trade courses in college.

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