DICT considers turning internet cafes into ‘digital classrooms’

DICT considers turning internet cafes into ‘digital classrooms’

- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is eyeing to convert internet cafes into digital classrooms and work hubs

- This aims to help students and work-from-home employees with no stable internet connection at home

- The plan was bared by DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio in a virtual hearing which tackled House Bill No. 6623 or the “New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020”

- As the country shifts into a "new normal" due to the pandemic, schools and companies are making use of the technology which not everyone can afford

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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is eyeing to convert internet cafes into digital classrooms and work areas to help students and work-from-home employees who do not have access to stable internet.

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio said in a virtual hearing recently that, "We are repurposing thousands of internet cafes. They can be reconfigured to become digital classrooms and digital workplaces."

According to a report by CNN Philippines, the agency said it has sufficient funds to prioritize the establishment of "very fast and very low-cost internet" in barangays to help students and employees with no stable internet connection at home.

"Kokonektahan na muna natin itong mga community para pwede na hong lakarin ng mga nearby sa community na iyan para makapag-aral at trabaho sila dito sa repurposed internet cafes," Rio said.

According to Manila Bulletin, the plan was bared by Rio during an almost eight-hour virtual hearing, which tackled House Bill No. 6623 or the “New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020.”

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As the country shifts into a "new normal" due to the current pandemic, schools and companies are making use of the technology which not everyone can afford.

In a previous report by KAMI, the Palace confirmed that as of this writing, the opening of classes scheduled on August 24 will still push through.

The classes in the Philippines have been suspended since mid-March due to the threat of coronavirus in the country.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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