President Rodrigo Duterte rejected moves to open the upcoming school year in August. He said unless the vaccine is available, he would not allow children to physically attend class.
“Classes will remain suspended in the country until a vaccine against COVID-19 is made available,” he said.
“It spells disaster,” he added.
“Wala nang aral, laro na lang unless I am sure that they are really safe. It’s useless to be talking about the opening of classes. Para sa akin, bakuna muna,” Duterte said.
“I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit dikit ‘yang mga bata. Bahala nang hindi na makatapos. For this generation walang makatapos na doktor pati engineer,” he said.
The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said that the school year 2020-2021 will open on August 24.
Resumption of classes in August did not mean that students would have to go back to the classrooms as distance learning would be implemented.
Universities and colleges capable of “flexible” learning may begin classes in August, the Commission on Higher Education likewise said.
“They are feverously working on the vaccine. ‘Pag nandiyan na yan, ako na ang magsabi labas na,” Duterte said.
“I think by the grace of God we will have the vaccine before the end of the year so mag-asa na lang tayo sa mga marunong,” he added.
Source: GMA News