Gordon : Free Kindle Units for 17 M students
Bagumbayan standard bearer Richard Gordon does not only guarantee salary increases to public teachers, doctors and other professionals should he win the May 2010 presidential race, but also vows to provide free Kindle units to 17 million public school students in the country.
This is in line with Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr.’s program to advance education as a tool for progress fro the city and its people.
“We need to improve the quality of education in the country to produce globally competitive graduates and we will do that by increasing the salaries of our teachers up to P40,000 and by providing a Kindle to each of our students wherein all the books that a student will need can be contained in a portable device with a storage capacity of over 1000 publications in digital format,” said Senator Gordon. “This way, all of our students will have free access to up-to-date learning and reading materials. Wala nang estudyante ang magtitiis pumasok ng walang libro,” Senator Gordon added.
Senator Gordon, former mayor of Olongapo City, first chairman and administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and past secretary of the Department of Tourism, proposes to get the funds to purchase 17 million Kindle units, approximately amounting to $100 each, by allocating 50 centavos of every text message to the budget for education.
“We must provide the best education to our students for this country to move forward and not be left behind. Matagal na tayong naiiwan ng mga kalapit-bansa sa Asya, its our time to soar high dahil alam kong kaya natin. “Halos 3-bilyong text messages ang ipinadadala nating bawat araw, kapag siningil mo ng 50 sentimos ang bawat text message, we will have enough money to buy Kindle. I know, there will be opposition to the idea, but this is doable. When we give it for free to students, I don’t think they will refuse,” Gordon explained.