Rep. France Castro ACT- Teachers’ party-list representative has described the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) to allow face-to-face classes next year in COVID-19 low-risk areas as an experiment.
“Ang tanong ko lang, nag-eexperimento ba si Secretary (Leonor) Briones?, Castro asked.
“Saan ba galing ‘yung sinasabi nilang puwede nang mag face-to-face (classes) by January samantalang nakikita natin na tumataas pa rin ‘yung kaso ng COVID-19? said the lawmaker.
“So pagdating ng January, ano na kaya mangyayari doon? Or magkakaroon kaya ng development? So ekspeimento ang sinasabi ni Secretary Briones tungkol doon sa face-to-face,” Castro said.
President Duterte said earlier this year that there won’t be face-to-face instruction for students up until such time that the vaccine for COVID-19 is available in the market, but approves the proposal of Sec. Briones of having face-to-face classes in low-risk areas.
There has been a steady push from several sectors — including some of Castro’s own colleagues in the House of Representatives — to at least consider having in-classroom instruction in areas that are considered low risk from the pandemic.
Also included in the appeal are few pupils per class, since this would make the physical distancing rule easily implementable.
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