Only 20 pct of Bangsamoro has internet access, official says as DepEd gears for online classes | ABS-CBN News

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MANILA – Less than a quarter of homeowners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Area in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have access to the web, the region’s minister of education stated Thursday, as the Department of Education (DepEd) prepared to move to a blended knowing system during the coronavirus crisis.

The DepEd’s policy of providing lessons through online, tv, radio and printed products would be a challenge as only 20 percent of BARMM can connect to the internet, said Mohagher Iqbal, Bangsamoro Minister of Basic, Greater and Technical Education.

“I wish to clarify that the Bangsamoro has connection concerns and not all locations have access to the internet,” he informed the Senate Committee on Basic Education.

“Sa mga island provinces, especially Tawi-Tawi, kahit mobile phone mahirap mag-communicate lalo na web,” he stated.

“Provided this reality we can not exclusively count on internet for mentor and discovering despite the accessibility of online classrooms,” he said.

BARMM is planning to utilize radio and television programs and text messaging to deliver some lessons to trainees, Iqbal stated.

Bangsamoro’s education minister likewise advised the federal government to “totally implement” the Free Web Access in Public Places Act to assist offer BARMM trainees an advantage throughout the coronavirus crisis.

The Department of Information and Communications Innovation (DICT) earlier stated that it was currently in talks with the DepEd and the Commission on College to supply totally free WiFi in schools as the country’s knowing system prepares to shift to a brand-new normal due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Telecommunication business are likewise in talks with education agencies and schools to help implement options to in-person classes.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones stated parents will be asked to get printed modules in schools in locations without internet gain access to.

Other printed modules might be provided to the students’ homes, depending upon the situation in an area.

As of June 11, 228,549 trainees from the Bangsamoro have actually currently enrolled in main and secondary schools for academic year 2020-2021.

The new academic year is set to open on August 24.