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PHL-wide free Wi-Fi to boost local education, e-learning

The Philippine government’s initiative to install free broadband access in schools will advance the state of education in the country, mainly in the areas of e-learning and mobile education (m-education). This was disclosed by educational technology company Quipper, which noted that the Duterte administration’s proposal to provide complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity in schools through the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s “Free Internet Connectivity in Public Places” project will benefit students, faculty members, and other school personnel.

 “It is a welcome development for our local education sector that the government is pushing to have the whole country connected to the Internet. We strongly believe that this will positively impact schools across the archipelago by enhancing teaching methods and student engagement through innovative means of learning,” said Yuki Naotori, Country Manager of Quipper. “Making the Internet easily accessible to our students opens up vast opportunities, notably through e-learning and m-education. They are mainly driven by data streaming through Wi-Fi in their devices and gadgets such as their desktop computers, laptops and even their own tablets and smartphones.”

Internet access in elementary and high schools will greatly boost the implementation of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-to-12 program, as there are subjects and courses readily available online, such as those provided through Quipper Video, which are already being used by some schools in the country.

 “If our learning institutions can latch on the Internet freely, pupils and teachers can get access to engaging learning resources such as those being offered by Quipper Video. And if the government’s project to deploy pervasive Wi-Fi in the country materializes, e-learning and m-education will enable our students to also study in the comforts of home. This will also be helpful when there are class disruptions – learning can take place outside the classroom,.

The nationwide free Wi-Fi project was first proposed by Sen. Ralph Recto, which was then supported by Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV through Senate Bill 1050 to establish an Internet Access Program in all levels of public schools.