Senators Urge DepEd To Postpone Opening of Classes This Month To October
SENATORS – On Wednesday, a number of senators asked the Department of Education (DepEd) to postpone the opening of classes this month to October.
The Philippine is among the most impacted countries by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The economy of the country shrinks due to the health crisis.
The opening of classes was also moved to August 24. Amid the pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) prepared a different type of teaching method. Most students will be attending online classes instead of having it face-to-face
Twelve days before the opening of the school year 2020-2021, senators are eyeing for the postponement of the school opening to October. Based on a report from Inquirer, only 83 out of the country’s 214 school division offices are half ready.
On Wednesday, DepEd reported to the senate that the printing of modules in 132 of the 214 districts is still less than 50%. During a readiness test on Monday, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones insisted that their department are ready for the opening of classes on August 24.
According to the report, several senators were not convinced and criticized DepEd. Senator Francis Tolentino said the department forgot to implement the rules in their rush to meet the August 24 deadline. Republic Act No. 11480 allows classes to star even beyond August 24.
“Apparently you forgot… you neglected [the implementing rules] in your rush to meet the August 24 [school opening deadline],” Tolentino said.
Based on the report, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian also criticized the department for insisting on reopening of elementary and secondary schools even in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. He suggested the postponement of classes in areas that are placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
“We just cannot let our teachers and students go out in worsening conditions,” he said.
In a previous article, a DepEd official advises students to wear their school uniform during their online classes to prevent unfavorable incidents like bullying.
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