AMID the paralyzing COVID-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the opening of school year (SY) 2021-22 on Septermber 13, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
Without doubt, we need to resume classes in public and private schools across the country because education helps prepare the country’s youngsters to be globally competitive.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones thanked President Duterte for his support to the delivery of quality basic education for the coming school year despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
“We hope for our stakeholders’ continued cooperation and support as we prepare for another challenging yet worthwhile endeavor of educating our children amid a global health crisis,” said Briones.
Since last year, when the national government imposed crippling quarantine restrictions in the country, public and private schools have resorted to “blended learning” or “hybrid learning.”
DepEd said “blended learning” is a fusion of online distant learning and in-person delivery of printed materials to the homes of the learners through the barangays for those who don’t have internet access.
In localities, notably far-flung communities, where this is not possible, DepEd authorities use radio and television to broadcast lessons and instructions for the students.
Certainly, the Filipino people support government efforts to continue educating the youth while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers and other school personnel.
But perhaps, other education stakeholders – educators, local government executives, parents and students – ought to work in unison with DepEd authorities.
Ito ay kung gusto nating makapag-aral ang ating mga anak kahit nandiyan ang pandemya.