House bill seeks to institutionalize open e-learning school system

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gus tambunting House Bill 4161, authored by Paranaque representative Gus Tambunting, defines the open electronic learning school system as a system of delivering educational services to high school, college, and advance studies students utilizing print, radio, television and computer-based communications, satellite broadcasting, teleconferencing, and other multimedia learning and teaching technologies without going to classes regularly. “Under the bill, students can study on their own without having to regularly attend class in conventional classrooms,” Tambunting said. Tambunting said the measure seeks to deliver educational advancement to the Filipino students through the use of alternative means of instruction such as print, radio, television, and other multi-media learning and teaching technologies. “The prevalence of computers or the so called artificial intelligence and the rapidly changing society and the demand to be globally competitive cannot be ignored. It has to be addressed by keeping at par with the high tech genre,” Tambunting said. Tambunting said the alternative learning system adheres with the constitutional mandate of providing access to relevant quality education through the employment of an alternative learning system. “This measure would enable the youth including adults to overcome geographical, socioeconomic and or physical constraints to the completion of secondary and tertiary education including advance studies,” Tambunting said. The proposed act will cover the public secondary and tertiary educational institutions with existing distance learning programs and all other such institutions that shall later be authorized as qualified to implement the system. Under the bill, all existing programs and projects of the Department of Education (DepEd) regarding dropout intervention and poverty alleviation through education shall be part of the open learning school system. The system will be open to all youth and adults who have finished elementary education and high school qualifiers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT). The DepEd will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) defining the role of the government via conduit schools, university or other learning institutions in the operation of the system in order to ensure maximum success. The DepEd, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and other related agencies should issue the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the proposed act. ]]>

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