CLASS RESUMES ON AUGUST 24??
The Department of Education (DEPED) seeks to open classes on 24th of august nationwide despite increasing numbers of individuals who are infected of COVID-19.
Education secretary Leonor Briones added that classes can be conducted in a flexible way, as physical learning or virtual learning, depending on the situation of the pandemic.
President Duterte gave emphasis on the safety of students addressing that there are no opening of classes until there is a vaccine available in the country.
“I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit ‘yang mga bata. Bahala na ‘di makatapos, for this generation wala na makatapos na doktor, pati engineer. Wala nang aral, laro na lang, unless I am sure they are really safe” His official statement regarding DEPED’s proposal on the opening of classes on August 24.
Different organizations also opposed the proposal of DEPED regarding the opening of classes this august. They say, distance learning is still questionable especially in public schools — where there are shifting of classes in highschool level because there is difficulty in accommodating students which the social distancing is a BIG QUESTION!
Add to that, majority of students still don’t have access on the internet to comply with the proposed distance learning of DEPED. If DepEd’s initiative is to pursue flexible learning, do students, especially those in public schools, have options to be flexible as well?
Another problem, the situation on financial stability of families that this pandemic has caused. Let’s say public schools are entitled with free tuition. But, what about those private institutions, those universities which really provide ‘quality education’ for the exchange of high tuition fees.
Given the situation right now, achieving ‘high quality education’ is still questionable.
For you, do you agree to postpone the opening of classes this 24th of August?