Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called on the Department of Education to make the most out of the six-week-long postponement of classes to respond to the needs of teachers.
In her weekly radio show, Robredo said the Education department should communicate to teachers the progress of the distribution of resources that will help them prepare for classes which will now start on October 5.
“Tutal October pa naman ang opening, meron pa namang oras. Sana hindi masayang yung oras between now and October,” Robredo said.
[Translation: Since the opening has been moved to October, there’s still time. I hope they don’t waste the given time between now and October.]
“Sana pagdating ng October yung pinakamaliit, pinakamalayo, at pinakamahirap na paaralan is ready na.”
[Translation: I hope that by October, even the smallest, the farthest, and the poorest school will be ready.]
The Vice President recounted from her previous dialogue with various teachers’ groups that some schools were still not ready to open classes due to the delay in the printing and distribution of modules, and lack of time to complete teaching resources for blended learning, among other hurdles.
“Kung totoo na inaasikaso na [ito ng DepEd], sana ma-communicate nang maayos sa teachers kasi mahalaga na alam nilang susulong sila sa gyerang handa,” Robredo added.
[Translation: If it’s really true that the DepEd is already preparing, I hope they communicate this properly to teachers because it matters that they are well-prepared for battle.]
She also renewed her plea to DepEd to allocate a budget for the conduct of COVID-19 testing and physical check-ups among teachers, and treatment for those who have contracted the virus.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced on Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte had approved her recommendation to move the school opening which was earlier set for August 24, due to the effects of the pandemic.
Briones then clarified that private schools which have already started their classes or are already scheduled to start classes ahead of October 5 may proceed, provided they are strictly using only distance learning modalities.
The DepEd previously said in its advisory that these schools are required to submit relevant documents to the regional director their calendar of activities for school year 2020-2021, as well as proof of their readiness assessment to open classes.