With the opening of 19th Congress, lawmakers have started to file their own several bills. Sen. Loren Legarda being the most senior senator in the congress took the privelege to file the first 10 bills in the upper chamber.
One of which is the Senate Bill No. 1 Legarda filed on Monday, July 4,2022 entitled One Student One Tablet Act.
According to the senator, the measure aims to provide students from public elementary, secondary, and state universities and colleges with a tablet computer to effectively participate in the present online learning modality.
Moreover, three of the succeeding bills filed by Legarda were all in line with the improvement of the education system in the Philippines including the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers, Magna Carta for Private School Teachers, and the Act Upgrading the Minimum Salaries of Public School Teachers and Personnel.
The Senate Bill 2 or the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers aims to enshrine a new Magna Carta for Public School Teachers that will effectively address their contemporary demands while also promoting, defending, and upholding their rights.
While the Senate Bill 3 or the Magna Carta for Private School Teachers seeks to advance and enhance the professional possibilities, living and working conditions, and social and economic position of private school teachers.
Meanwhile, the Senate Bill 4 or the Act Upgrading the Minimum Salaries of Public School Teachers and Personnel focuses on upgrading the minimum salaries of public school teachers to Salary Grade 15, teaching personnel in higher education to Salary Grade 16 and non-teaching personnel to P16,000.
To recap, the One Tablet One Student Act was already featured in Legarda’s paid campaign promotion. She mentioned that the target budet for the program is P80 Billion, in which, according to her, will help students facing financial constraints to have their own tablets for online classes.
The bill drew different criticisms from the netizens. Some showed rejoice, probably those from the indigent individuals in the low-income families, while others express defiance, as tablets can be used for game and other unrelated activities to online classes. For now, let’s just wait and see what will happen to these bills and our education sector.
Source: GMA News
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