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DepEd laptop suppliers dispute state auditors’ findings »

The joint-venture group which supplied 39,583 units of allegedly overpriced but outdated laptops to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday insisted that the goods “meet all technical specifications imposed by the government, are competitively priced and perform according to their intended use.” Sunwest Construction and Development Corp. (SCDC) and LDLA Marketing & Trading Inc. […]

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Abra execs seek delay in school opening »

BAGUIO CITY — Mayors in Abra province on Thursday asked Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. to suspend the school opening on August 22 throughout the province given the condition of their towns following last month’s magnitude 7 earthquake. In a dialogue with Abalos in Abra, the quake’s epicenter, La Paz Mayor Joseph Bernos said the […]

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Taliban fighters swap arms for books as hundreds return to school »

KABUL — Gul Agha Jalali used to spend his nights planting bombs — hoping to target an Afghan government soldier or, better still, a foreign serviceman. These days, the 23-year-old Taliban member is studying English and has enrolled in a computer science course in the capital, Kabul. “When our country was occupied by infidels, we […]

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Students cheer as online translation tools add more African languages »

KAMPALA — Ugandan IT student Andrew Njuki spent years hunched over English-language textbooks, often grappling with material that would have been easier to grasp in his mother tongue Luganda. As of May, the 27-year-old has been able to copy-paste his online teaching materials into Alphabet Inc’s Google translation service and read them directly in Uganda’s […]

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DepEd open to replacing teachers’ ‘outdated, pricey’ laptops »

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said it is considering replacing the reportedly “outdated and pricey” laptops purchased last year for public school teachers. Atty. Michael Poa, the spokesperson of DepEd, said if the P2.4-billion worth of laptops in question is proven to have not been of quality, they will either […]

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School supplies SRP may be out next week, says DTI exec »

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is eyeing to release the suggested retail prices (SRPs) for various school supplies by early next week, Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said Wednesday. With the exception of the past two school years, DTI has been releasing SRPs for school supplies annually. “Ngayon, ilalabas na rin natin […]

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A Business Case to Triple the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) Fund »

Written by: Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Jr. and Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, for INQUIRER.net A 2017 survey showed that only 23 percent of Filipinos finish college education. Of the 1,000 respondents in the survey by an insurance firm, only 230, or 23 percent, were able to finish college due to lack of funds or savings. It […]

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LTFRB: School buses can resume operations if . . . »

MANILA, Philippines — After more than two years, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) allowed school transport services to resume operations this month along with the reopening of both private and public schools. In a three-page memorandum circular dated July 28, the LTFRB cited the Department of Education Order No. 034 which sets […]

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