Work in unison

September 13, 2021 People's Tonight 315 views

DESPITE the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, school year (SY) 2021-22 opened Monday across this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people.

Like in SY 2020-21, face-to-face classes are still a no-no in public and private schools because the dreaded, deadly and highly-infectious disease continues to spread in the country and elsewhere.

There were suggestions from various education stakeholders that “it’s certainly high time to allow the holding of face-to-face classes in places where there are only a few mild COVID-19 cases.”

But we must not forget the emergence of the more contagious “Delta” variant and other strains, which threaten the lives of not only senior citizens but also children in various parts of the world.

In the view of some quarters, the resumption of classes is not only a welcome development in our efforts to improve the quality of our college graduates.

Hopefully, the opening of classes will encourage the people to strictly follow government-decreed health and safety protocols “para makabalik na tayo sa normal na pamumuhay.”

Well-meaning Filipinos have suggested that education stakeholders ought to join the information dissemination drive on the importance of working in unison if we are to stop the spread of the virus.

“Napakahalagang mamulat ang publiko sa katotohanang kailangang makabalik na tayo sa normal upang tuloy-tuloy na ang socio-economic development ng bansa,” said a retired teacher.

This is where we welcome the opening of the new school year in the midst of the still raging COVID-19 pandemic.

For the sake of our suffering people, we call on all Filipinos to set aside their differences and work in unison to uplift the well-being of every citizen.