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UP student council blasts ‘insensitive’ short film on online classes

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Education Student Council criticized Sunday a digital short film on online classes, calling the piece “insensitive” as it came to the defense of teachers.

The 10-minute clip, produced by Vincentiments, portrays a student who curses and rants at the difficulties posed by online classes and the high fees that come along with it.

The film also criticized teachers’ educational delivery methods for online classes, noting that online class does not equate to online learning.

“This is a direct insult to educators whose efforts, for the past months, are directed towards adjusting syllabi, curricula, modules, and lesson plans in order to ensure the delivery of quality and compassionate education during the pandemic,” the UP College of Education Student Council said in a statement.

“Our teachers do not deserve this disrespect,” it added.

While the student council noted that the video aimed to air concerns of students on online classes, it still slammed the short film for being “outright irresponsible, insensitive, and infuriating.”

“The role of educators amidst the pandemic is undeniably challenging due to the additional effort they make in ensuring that quality education is continuously delivered despite the many limitations present in our educational system. With this, the efforts and struggles of teachers should never be undermined in any way,” it said.

The student council also urged the creators of the video to take it down.


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