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Salinlahi statement regarding the decision of DepEd to suspend face to face schooling until the discovery of a vaccine against COVID-19 – Salinlahi

Salinlahi statement regarding the decision of DepEd to suspend face to face schooling until the discovery of a vaccine against COVID-19

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Salinlahi statement regarding the decision of DepEd to suspend face to face schooling until the discovery of a vaccine against COVID-19

The Department of Education (DepEd) has failed the children again. This time, it fails to plan comprehensively on how to continue the children’s education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, DepEd definitively suspends the face-to-face education until the discovery of a vaccine for COVID-19. Such decision reveals the Duterte government’s inutility to plan holistically for the safe return of our children in the schools.

Due to the absence of an effective pro-active plan, the children’s right to education and their access to other learning programs have been severely compromised. DepEd should have learned from the responses of other countries that display a comprehensive and responsive plan in facilitating the return of classes while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine. The key of the other countries’ plan is putting their people first.

Thus, the Philippine government should intensify and strengthen current programs and mechanisms on mass testing, contact tracing, isolation, and treatment of COVID-19 patients instead of rationalizing its much-delayed action on the need for the vaccine’s discovery. At the same time, the DepEd should allocate funds to ensure the construction of additional facilities, the hiring of additional health personnel, and the strict implementation of health and safety protocols in the schools. For the meantime, the government should ensure the feasibility of alternative learning programs and productive activities that could be accessible to children at home.

We believe that the proposed “blended learning program” cannot replace the face-to-face learning in terms of quality and accessibility. Besides, it puts a toll to parents, especially the mothers, in teaching their children during these pandemic times. The state has passed on its responsibility of ensuring that children enjoy the right to education to the parents, especially to the mothers.

Hence, the government should take necessary steps to pave the way for the school opening at the soonest possible time with due consideration to the health and safety of school-aged children and their teachers. ###


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