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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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.

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  • I think this is too ambitious to give 17 million free Kindle units.This cost alot of Pesos.And do you think this is what public students needs or a political move. Voters probably have second thought on this. It seems the idea is not true to happen. I mean we are in the third world country,then one day 17 million students goes hi-tech.Not even Obama provide EKindle to public school students.Maybe it's a good idea to R.Gordon to rethink this promise.And what' wrong with traditional text books.It's LOW-TECH tool,cheaper to maintain and the students don't have to learn another set of skill to learn how to use the gadget,nevermind the struggle of learning to read and write.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2010 11:11 PM  

  • Up to date learning and reading materials in PRINTS are fine, and if publish more than enough copies, all public school students should be covered.
    Yes,public schools student shouldn't left behind on hi-tech access. There's a cheaper way to this by partnership with GILAS (non-profit org.)for example. Computer access on library is another one. Each students should be able to use school computer,fax machine,printer,scanner,telephone for their school works.These are the modern gadgets that public schools students should be familiar before they face the real world of WORK.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2010 11:40 PM  

  • Maybe a more attractive sales Pitch for R. Gordon is to lower/reduce the tuition/miscellaneous school FEES,specially in colleges(where voters are).Discounts on textbooks,computer,calculator etc.I bet you will get alot of parents attention on this and remember Enrolment is coming.And the last,Tax Incentives to private sectors who wants to partner for good cause is very good idea....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2010 9:58 PM  

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