The Senate will review the Department of Education (DepEd) readiness for reopening classes this year.
According to Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, the purpose of Senate Resolution No. 739 is to evaluate the ability of schools to deliver quality education in any manner in the school year (SY) 2021-2022.
Gatchalian further added that lack of physical interaction, excessive screen time, and pressure causing depression are among the identified problems today in the education sector.
The senator also pointed out that other students are also involved in the “answer-for-sale” and the “online sex sale” to raise funds for distance learning.
Therefore, it is time to ensure that what we have learned can ensure that the next school year will be more effective in delivering education to the youth.
In February, President Rodrigo Duterte decided there would be no face-to-face classes until August 2021.
“Nagdesisyon na po ang ating Presidente na wala pa ring face-to-face classes,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
(Our President decided there would be no face-to-face classes yet.)
DepEd’s readiness to open classes will be reviewed by Senate
“Ayaw niya malagay sa alanganin ang buhay ng mga mag-aaral at guro habang wala pang nababakunahan sa bansa,” he added.
(He does not want to put the lives of the students and teachers in danger while there are no vaccines in the country yet.
However, Roque said face-to-face classes could resume in areas with a low number of cases by August.
According to Galvez, most COVID-19 vaccines approved for minors will arrive in the last quarter of the year.
The COVID-19 manufactured by Chinese firm Sinovac and American drugmakers Moderna and Pfizer have been authorized for children and teenagers.
According to Galvez, there are around 29 million minors in the Philippines.