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To enhance e-learning, Solon pushes the establishment of E-Skwela centers.

To assist students with little or no access to computers, printers, the Internet, and other digital learning tools and equipment, a party-list politician is advocating for the creation of “electronic eskwela” or E-Skwela hubs in every community across the nation.

Sam Verzosa, a representative for the Tutok To Win Partylist, introduced House Bill 4827, commonly known as the E-Skwela Act, on September 14. This legislation aims to improve the nation’s educational system and increase students’ talents by giving them access to unlimited online knowledge.

The media received a copy of the bill on Friday.

Maraming students are finding it challenging to complete their work because there are no computers or internet connections due to the pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, several students encountered difficulties with their studies due to a lack of computers and Internet access. As a result, we decided to set up an E-Skwela Hub in Maynila, Cagayan, Baguio, and the Camotes Islands in Cebu. Because of this, we set up more than 10 E-Skwela Hubs where students could utilize computers and get free internet access in Manila, Cagayan, Baguio, and Camotes Islands in Cebu, according to Verzosa.

He hoped the legislation would expand and enhance these learning centers to close the resource gap between wealthy and underprivileged students.

To address the needs of students in the blended or online learning system, the E-Skwela Hub would function as a learning facility that offers free use of computers, internet access, printing equipment, and other educational materials.

“It is vital for us to contribute to the education of our youth because it will help families escape poverty,” he said. “Important na makatulong tayo sa pag-aaral ng kabataan dahil ang edukasyon ang mag-aahon sa mga pamilya mula sa kahirapan (It is important for us to contribute to the education

According to mutually agreed-upon specifications, criteria, and specifics, the law requires the Department of Education to build an E-Skwela Hub or to repair and renovate existing learning facilities or infrastructure in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The standard set of pertinent printed and audiovisual works shall be made available by the National Library of the Philippines, which shall also digitize its collection and catalog to enable unrestricted off-site access.

The Department of Information and Communication Technology will be responsible for providing the infrastructure needed to maximize digital technology in E-Skwela Hubs and provide a dependable Internet connection in the meantime.

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