A neophyte solon expressed support to the face-to-face classes in the tertiary level.
Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles said he is giving his trust to the higher education sector in achieving normalcy soon.
Nograles urged the government to continue efforts to lay the groundwork for the resumption of in-person classes.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recently revealed that it is studying the viability of allowing colleges and universities in areas with low Covid-19 cases to conduct face-to-face classes for all degree courses.
“With vaccination for the general population starting in a few days and the relative success of the pilot implementation that the CHED had introduced in January, it’s a safe bet to say we could achieve normalcy soon,” Nograles said.
Vaccination for the general population will start on October 15.
Meanwhile, CHED said of the 21,000 students from the 181 schools nationwide that held face-to-face classes in certain courses in January, only one percent had been infected with Covid-19, with no deaths or hospitalizations. Of 1,000 faculty members, 1.41 percent had been infected.
The low infection rate is proof that CHED and the Department of Health, among other agencies and the participating schools themselves, had been able to implement a proper system that ensured the protection of all involved, Nograles said.
“Now, with our vaccine supply steadying, we hope that all of our college students will be inoculated at the soonest possible time so that more areas in the country could return to the classroom setting,” the solon, who serves as the vice chair of the House committee on education, said.
Nograles is also a member of the CHED’s Technical Panel for Public Administration representing the government.