On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition(TDC) hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement against the reopening of classes. President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would not allow pupils or students to go to school without a COVID-19 vaccine.
Conversely, the previous announcement of DepEd to open its classes on August 24 whether brick-and-mortar organizations or online institutions for the school year 2020 to 2021 did contradict President Duterte’s declaration. President Duterte himself said that discussing the opening of classes remained useless if no vaccine against COVID-19 would be available.
“Mga bata, ‘wag muna… I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit dikit ‘yang mga bata. Bahala na hindi na makatapos,” Sabi ng President ng Pilipinas.
(Children, not yet… I will not permit the opening of classes if classrooms become crowded…” President Duterte said)
As well, the TDC mentioned that the Department of Education (DepEd) could focus on its academic plans to convey different educational means to pursue the academic studies of pupils and students devoid of an official pronouncement of class opening.
Additionally, the Department of Education would permit teachers more time to refine their methodological and technical skills to create course programs for pupils and students to handle the “new normal” circumstances.
In the interim, the TDC stated that Congress could commence amending the laws regarding the opening of classes between June and August.
In a statement, the TDC accentuated that they hoped for DepEd to acknowledge the feelings of the parents and teachers, as well as their feelings, understandings, and recommendations in constructing and fashioning their academic plans.
Moreover, the TDC braced President Rodrigo Duterte and his announcement on the reopening of class, as well as its support to the DepEd Secretary that education must continue in a time of the pandemic. With teachers’ skills and infrastructure, all teachers can comply with DepEd’s guidelines.
The TDC said that DepEd, parents, teachers, and the government must prioritize children’s health safety.
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