WHILE some quarters support the suggestions of those wishing to allow the holding of face-to-face classes in some parts of the country, we must not turn a deaf ear to the fears of others.
Those opposing even the holding of limited physical classes, including worried parents, teachers and students, in low-risk areas have warned of a possible renewed surge in COVID-19 cases.
They cited a World Bank report noting the still prevalent vaccine hesitancy and delivery constraints in impoverished Philippines, where the dreaded disease has killed close to 41,000 people.
The bank said the overall pace of the country’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program remained behind rollouts in four other Asian nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Malacanang had earlier said that getting inoculated is very important in the fight against COVID-19. It is the key for us to return to the lives that we are used to, according to the Palace statement.
In fact, we share Malacanang’s view that getting vaccinated is the key for the resumption of face-to-face classes in public and private educational institutions throughout the country.
Instead of rushing the holding of physical classes, various quarters want the government, through concerned offices and agencies, to ensure the success of the vaccination program.
We want to believe that any move to resume physical classes hinges on the greater consideration that the return to normalcy should benefit the students, teachers and the community.
This is why the government must not ignore the stern warnings issued by those against the holding of face-to-face classes in some public and private schools in some parts of the country.
May kasabihan nga tayo sa Pilipinas na laging nasa huli ang pagsisisi. Oo nga!