Senator Imee R. Marcos prompted the government to monitor increases in the price of all electronic devices used for online learning when schools open in late August.
The Department of Education’s (DepEd) issued a directive that schools will open on August 24, 2020, and ends on April 30, 2021.
Marcos feared that many pupils and students would be left behind if budgetary problems would block the arrangements for online learning.
She also warned businesses not to take advantage of the pandemic situation caused by the COVID-19 by raising the prices of electronic devices, including laptop, tablet, pocket wifi, cell phone, personal computer. She said that there are present laws to impose penalties on price increases.
“Please, don’t increase the prices of these gadgets because it is the students who would use them,” Marcos warned in Tagalog.
She said that there are present laws to impose penalties on price increases.
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that parents don’t have to buy electronic gadgets. The DepEd will provide printed learning modules to deliver at their homes for elementary and high school students during the continued suspension of face-to-face classes before the school opening in August.