Saying free internet is not enough, Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has said the government should also provide free education tablet for public college students to improve the education system in the country. “It is good that our government is providing free internet but it is not enough if there is no device like tablet to connect in the free Wifi,” Marcos said in a recent campus tour at the state-owned Rizal Technological University-Pasig campus.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said his office is currently finalizing his proposal to make it mandatory in providing free education tablet, particularly to the poor students of the state colleges and universities (SUCs).
“I’m presently studying the number of our public schools and students as well as the budget that will be needed for this program,” Marcos said.
“I believe that it is an important part of the free internet service that will uplift the education sector,” he added.
The proposal of Marcos drew loud applause from over 2,000 students of the RTU. Marcos, however, clarified that the free tablet should be used by the students for their studies only “and not for your personal use.”
The senator emphasized the need to improve the country’s literacy rate by making sure that education has always been on top of the priority programs of the government. He said that the Philippines has the highest literacy rate in Asia in the mid-1980s.
“It is high time to regain that top spot by providing quality education through continuous training for our teachers who are the most important part of providing quality education,” Marcos said.
He said the government is on the right track with the implementation of the K to 12 Program which increased the number of basic education from 10 to 12 years.