The Alliance of Concerned Teachers – Philippines (ACT) on Wednesday said facilities suitable for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission should be required in schools for the limited face-to-face classes.
Interviewed on Unang Balita, ACT secretary-general Raymond Basilio said the teachers’ group welcomed the implementation of limited face-to-face classes in areas with low risk for COVID-19 infectino.
“Pero may requirement kaming hinihingi bago ang implementasyon nito [But we are asking some requirements before its implementation],” he said.
He said schools should have well-ventilated classrooms, enough restrooms and handwashing stations, adequate water supply, clinics, healthcare workers, COVID-19 testing, and health checks.
Aside from this, Basilio said they want to have a transportation program for students to minimize their exposure to the coronavirus while traveling to school.
President Rodrigo Duterte last Monday approved the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in areas with minimal risk of COVID-19 infection.
Basilio said ACT Philippines supports the conduct of limited face-to-face classes, which he said the group has been proposing since last year.
“Sa amin acceptable po ito. Malaking tulong po ito sa problema na kinakaharap ng ating mga mag-aaral sa ngayon sa usapin ng kalidad ng edukasyon,” he said.
(For us, this is acceptable. This will really help address the issue that our students are facing in terms of the quality of education.) –KBK, GMA News