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Take Care of it, Don't Sell It, Manila Tells Parents on Students' Tablets

The gadgets are government property.
by John Paulo Aguilera
Aug 20, 2020
Photo/s: Manila Public Information Office Facebook page

Tablets provided by the Manila city government to students for distance learning are state property. They should be cared for and cannot be sold, an official said Thursday.

This means that if a student graduates, transfers to a school that is not in Manila, or drops out, the gadgets should be returned, said Manila City Schools Division Superintendent Maria Magdalena Lim.

"Ang tablet ay parang pahiram lang, para magamit ng mga bata sa kanilang pag-aaral sa distance learning ngayon. Pag-aari pa rin yan ng gobyerno, at habang sila'y nag-aaral, nandun sa kanila ang tablet," she said.

(The tablet is on load for the students to use in distance learning. It remains as government property while they are using it.)

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Lim said the city government was hoping to distribute the tablets from Sept. 1 to 7. Parents needs to accomplish an accountability form. Damaged gadgets must be replaced and failure to do so could affect further online studies.

Theft or accidental damage must be proven, she said. The tablets are formatted for distance learning purposes. Students are not allowed to download games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and other non-educational applications.

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