Benguet schools given computers, fund for labs

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Friday, March 21, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Benguet kids are on their way to the digital age.

The House of Representatives committee on basic education and culture reported to Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan 51 of the 56 secondary schools in his district were granted computers.

Cosalan said he is in close coordination with the Department of Education and the Provincial Government to ensure high computerization rate for elementary and secondary schools in the province.

The committee, chaired by Pangasinan 5th District Representative Kimi Cojuangco, bared in the report 39 of these schools were allotted budget for computer laboratories.

Benguet's elementary division's computerization program is at 82 percent with 300 of the total 362 elementary schools in the province equipped with computers.

This year, 164 elementary schools in the province will be recipients of computerization budget, according to the Lower House committee.

DepEd and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have assessed the state of computerization of public schools nationwide purposely to help the education agency better integrate ICT in its K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) reform program.

Almost 96 percent of the 55 secondary schools in Benguet have computer laboratories, which is one of the highest ratings among provinces in the country.

The province is now ranked number one in the entire country in since 2008 – 2009 in terms of literacy rate, per capital income and life expectancy, besting 79 provinces including the highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila.

In terms of simple literacy, Cordillera is at par with the rest of the country, but fails in functional literacy.

The Department of Education reported the simple literacy rate of the region is 97 percent (the national rate is 92.3 percent in 2000) but the functional literacy is only 84 percent. This is the same functional literacy rate for the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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