Free WiFi access to all public schools pushed in Senate

Believing that high-quality Internet is a crucial necessity in today’s learning environment, a senator wants to establish free Wi-Fi hotspots in all public schools to help students enhance their personal and academic development.

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Sen. Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino’s Senate Bill No. 1050 seeks to establish an Internet Access Program in all public schools in the country, including state universities and colleges.

“Teachers and students should be given access to the Internet for meaningful research, collaboration, and learning,” said Aquino, chairman of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture in the 17th Congress.

Instead of discouraging Internet use at schools, the lawmaker said students must be trained to engage with World Wide Web in a responsible way that furthers their personal and academic development.

Under the measure, the newly-established Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will be tasked to ensure that all public schools provide reliable Internet connection to students, faculty members and other non-teaching personal.

According to Aquino, this Internet connection must be put up in publicly accessible areas on the premises.

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