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Parents complain over gadget sharing

Pat C. Santos



Several parents are up in arms over the alleged unfair distribution of the city government of free laptops among elementary students at Geronimo Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila.

A complaint from several parents from the school decried the distribution being done by school teachers and its principal wherein students with different addresses far from each other were made to share one tablet. Under a scheme, at least three students will be using one gadget at the same time.

A source who asked for anonymity lambasted the school authorities for this decision, which leaves most students already in Grades 2 to 6 out of classes for not receiving their tablets, the only medium safe to use in blended online classes.

The source said teachers are forcing the parents to accept the sharing scheme.

“The mayor said it will be one tablet per student, and if he has siblings or relatives living in the same house, they can share. But with the scheme at Geronimo, three students living far away from each other have to share one gadget. That’s why we are having online classes so that students and their parents no longer need to be beside each other,” the source said.

This was also the compliant of some parents of students belonging to higher grades, where the Geronimo faculty try to convince parents to accept the sharing scheme.

This scheme contradicts the repeated announcement by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso that tablets and SIM cards wll be given individually to each students. However, if families live together in one house, three student may share the gadget.