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UP Says Each Student Needs At Least P110,000 For Online Classes

The university has done the numbers.
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Remote learning and online classes have become part of the new normal. But, it's not even a viable option for a lot of Filipinos. In fact, according to the University of the Philippines, more than 5,600  of its students can't afford to do so.

The university has done the numbers to calculate the cost of supporting the typical UP student. Each student will need at least P110,000 to go through four years of tertiary education. P30,000 will go to a laptop with suitable specifications, while P80,000 covers the cost of internet for four years.

With this realization, UP has launched the Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan project. Through donations, the project aims to help financially challenged students. access UP's remote learning courses on platforms such as UP’s Learning Management Systems, Zoom, Google Classroom, Edmodo, and others.

We do not want to cut short the discovery of intelligence through learning and research. And if anyone is in danger of being left behind, we will find a way to make sure they are with us. That even one of our iskolar ng bayan would be left behind is painful to me. That is why we will find ways, to the best of our abilities, to ensure that they are with us in our journey toward progress," the university said.

UP vice president for academic affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista says that "intelligence may be normally distributed, opportunities in this country are not." She adds, "We cannot allow the highly unequal structure of Philippine society to further disadvantage these students in the time of COVID."

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Check out kaagapay.up.edu.ph for more information.

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