Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to pass all students in Navotas for this school year following confirmed local cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
In an interview with Super Radyo dzBB, Tiangco asked DepEd to pass all students since there were only 2-3 weeks left for the school year and the student’s safety is their priority.
“Ako ay nakiusap sa DepEd na kung puwede ipasa na lang lahat ng mga bata for this school year… para wala nang pasok for the rest of the year… Mas importante naman ho siguro ‘yung buhay ng mga bata kaysa ‘yung ituloy pa nila ‘yung two or three weeks ng pag-aaral,” Tiangco said.
He also said that school may use the average grade of the students in the past quarter as the basis for their final grades.
“May general average naman ‘yung mga bata as of this time, so baka naman pwe-pwedeng kung ano ‘yung general average nila, ‘yun na lang ang maging grado nila,” he said.
Tiangco emphasized that they really care for the safety of students, and also the importance of schooling.
“Ang gusto ho natin is ‘yung maging safe… doon tayo sa mas safe diba po? Alam niyo naiintindihan ko, importante [ang] aral, importante ‘yung grado, sa isang taon meron pa’ng pag-kakataon, eh,” Tiangco added.
Tiangco is one of the first Mayors in the country to suspend classes after DOH confirmed local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.
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