SWS: Over 5 out of 10 enrolled Filipino students use devices for distance learning

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) – A recent survey found that 58% of enrolled Filipino students in the 5 -20 year age bracket use devices for distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey, conducted by Social Weather Stations on Nov. 21-25 last year, showed that 27% of the students already owned devices even before the distance learning classes began. Around 12% bought their gadgets when online classes started, 10% said they only borrowed such devices, and 9% were only given to them.

An average of ₱8,687 was spent by families who bought gadgets before distance learning classes rolled out last year.

The SWS survey also found out that 79% of enrolled school-age Filipino students bought or rented a smartphone to support their online classes. About 13% got a desktop or laptop, 5% bought a television, and 3% got a tablet.

Almost all or 96% of enrolled Filipino students in Metro Manila use devices for distance learning classes. Some 64% of students in Balance Luzon use these gadgets, while around 4 in 10 students have devices for distance learning in Visayas (43%) and Mindanao (41%).

The national government implemented distance and blended learning methods for the current school year as schools were closed off to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently rejected the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas since the country only started its vaccine rollout on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President will decide on August if limited physical classes will be allowed.