The education sector in the Philippines is set to take another leap forward with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) latest announcement. DepEd Undersecretary and Spokesman Michael Poa revealed in a recent DZBB interview that the agency plans to distribute e-learning carts to around 5,000 schools across the country this year alone. These carts, which can be moved from one classroom to another, are designed to provide greater flexibility and access to technological resources for learners.

Essentially a rolling library with laptops, the e-learning carts are expected to help promote knowledge and skills among students in using technology. With these resources, learners will be better equipped to harness the power of technology and apply it to their studies, as well as their future careers after they graduate. DepEd’s initiative is a significant step towards integrating technology into the education sector and ensuring that students are well-equipped to meet the demands of the modern workforce.

According to Poa’s insights, DepEd has taken the pandemic as an opportunity to learn about how technology can bridge the gaps in the current education system. While acknowledging the pros and cons of technology usage in the classroom, Poa emphasized responsible usage and highlighted the need to improve the curriculum to teach students about the proper and effective use of technology.

Aside from traditional solutions like building more classrooms and hiring more teachers, DepEd recognizes that technology can also be used as a tool to address learning gaps. The agency is exploring ways to provide schools with the necessary gadgets and technology to enhance the learning experience for students, making it more productive and less distracting.

While acknowledging the challenges of providing gadgets to millions of learners and thousands of teachers overnight, DepEd remains committed to finding ways to promote the advantages of integrating technology in education. The agency is determined to improve its existing initiatives in technology-based education and explore fresh approaches to address the gaps in the education sector.