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Lawmakers in Senate Believe on Need to Get Back to the Education System

SENATE – The upper House of Congress adopted a resolution that proposes the conduct of face-to-face classes in selected areas.

The education system in the Philippines is one of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school year usually begins in June but, due to the pandemic, it was moved to October.

Also, face-to-face classes are not allowed as gatherings are prohibited in the pursuit to curb the spread of the disease. Teachers now are educating the students through blended learning.

Schools have given students the options to be under modular education or to attend online classes. Undeniably, there are doubts on the effectivity of distance learning.

Senate President Tito Sotto
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Previously, there was already a plan for a pilot testing of the resumption of the face-to-face classes in areas considered as low risk for COVID-19. However, it was not pushed through following the emergence of the new variants of coronavirus.

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However, the lawmakers in the Senate believe that what needs to be back on track now is not only the economy but as well as the education system. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the upper chamber adopted a resolution proposing for the conduct of face-to-face classes in selected areas.

The suggestion focuses on areas with zero cases of COVID-19 or a few cases of the disease only. The Department of Education (DepEd) has previously identified the public schools were the pilot testing may be done as per the Senate Resolution No. 668.

“Distance learning has its advantages especially at a time of pandemic where health and safety are of utmost priority. However, face-to-face learning remains a necessity for education,” Senate President Tito Sotto said in his sponsorship as the chamber adopts SRN 663.

Based on the report, the SRN 668 which was mainly sponsored by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and the SRN 663 have the same objectives. The lawmaker said in his resolution that up to 25 million Filipino students are left behind.

A resolution is not submitted to the Office of the President for action. It simply states the opinion of the Senate on the issue.

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