DepEd tells parents to delay buying gadgets, specs list released this week

Published June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

Parents who are looking for devices that will be used by their children in schooling should not buy at once, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones advised on Wednesday, June 10.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones (DepEd / MANILA BULLETIN)
Education Secretary Leonor Briones

“Delay sana yung parents (The parents should delay their purchase),” Briones said during an interview over CNN Philippines.

She revealed that the DepEd is preparing the specifications of the gadgets that parents should look for when making the purchase.

“Ang DepEd magpalabas ng standards within this week (The DepEd will release this week the gadget specifications),” she said during an interview over CNN Philippines.

Due to the need for online learning because of the ongoing pandemic, Briones pointed out traders are taking the opportunity to offer gadgets at cheap prices and easy to pay plans.

“But we don’t want na they would get the cheapest or whatever,” the education chief pointed out.

“Gusto natin yung nagko-comply sa standards ng DepEd at yung capacity makaka-absorb, makaka-record, kung ano-ano mga functions na naiha-handle (We want the gadgets to comply with DepEd standards and can absorb, record and do all the necessary functions),” she explained.

So far, Briones disclosed that Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has proceeded with the purchase of gadgets that will be distributed in public schools after inquiring with the DepEd the specifications of the devices.

“They went beyond the standard,” said Briones about the gadgets that were purchased.

The secretary also welcomed declarations from the private sector including celebrities to donate gadgets that will be used for schooling.

“As long as they are up to standards,” Briones advised.

The secretary also assured that teachers will not be left behind as the DepEd intends to distribute gadgets for them.

“We will endeavor na ma-provide yung teachers also with the appropriate gadgets,” she stated.

Briones said the gadgets will be colored and installed with security features so that these can’t be used by others and prevented from being stolen or sold.