A teachers’ group appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday to decide on the opening of classes for the next school year based on consultations with science and health agencies, instead of parents and educators.
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) in a statement said deciding on the opening of classes should not be based on surveys among parents and teachers.
The DepEd on Tuesday ended its online survey among parents and teachers on the opening of classes and other policies.
“Kinikilala namin ang hakbang ng DepEd upang kunin ang opinyon ng stakeholders nito ukol sa pagbubukas ng klase ngunit hindi survey ang dapat maging batayan nito kundi ang situwasyong pangkalusugan kaugnay ng COVID-19,” the TDC said in a statement.
“Ang mga ahensiyang pang-agham at pangkalusugan ang nasa posisyon upang magbigay ng pagtataya at rekomendasyon kung kailan ligtas nang magbukas ng klase,” it added.
A study by the a University of the Philippines Resilience Institute showed that suspension of classes until December can lessen interaction between young people that, in turn, can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday however said the department was leaning towards opening the next school year in August.
DepEd has assured the public that “any decision we will make for the continuation of learning” will primarily consider the health and welfare of students, and teachers.
The TDC meanwhile said it would support the DepEd’s efforts to continue the education of children despite the COVID-19 crisis.
“Gayunpaman, kung sakaling kakailanganin ang distance learning, dapat matiyak na ito’y episyente at accessible sa lahat,” it said.
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