The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday reiterated that schools are allowed to lend to teachers 532,637 electronic devices, such as desktop computers, laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones for blended learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said that OUA Memorandum 00-0420-0029 issued in April states, “School Heads may release said devices to teachers for use in the conduct of online trainings and online classes during the pandemic subject to guidelines,” he said.
Citing DepEd’s latest inventory, Pascua noted that there are a total of 532,637 Information and Communications (ICT) equipment present or distributed in schools nationwide. Of this number, 124,939 are stand-alone desktop computers; 99,548 are laptops, and 308,150 tablet PCs.
Pascua said the IT equipment, delivered to schools via the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) in the last five years, may already be issued, and teachers may borrow them for use in blended learning.
The 532,637 electronic devices are part of the 1,042,575 computer devices distributed nationwide.
“While a total of 1,042,575 computer devices are distributed across 44,155 public schools, the remaining number of computers (509,938) cannot be lent as they are thin-clients,” Pascua explained. “However, it must be emphasized to everyone, that given the limited inventory, this measure is only a temporary solution for teachers without devices,” he added.
Pascua noted that the Survey on Teachers Readiness for Distance Education undertaken by DepEd’s Planning in April involving 689,329 teacher respondents reveals that only 77,631 or 11% of them do not have desktop or laptop computers at home.
“Applying that percentage to the total number of teachers nationwide, it can be estimated that 93,221 of the 847,467 teachers have no computer device,” Pascua explained.