Bishop supports opening of classes this August

Published June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Christina Hermoso

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education has expressed its support to the government’s decision to start the school year this August.

San Jose Nueva Ecija Bishop Roberto Mallari (Veritas 846 / MANILA BULLETIN)
San Jose Nueva Ecija Bishop Roberto Mallari (Veritas 846 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

CBCP commission chairman San Jose Bishop Roberto Mallari said, the opening of classes will be beneficial to all students as it has a positive effect on the students’ mental and physical well-being.

“I fully support the opening of the school year this August as many of our students have not really been busy the past months which might have a negative effect on their mental health. The coronavirus pandemic does have a huge effect on the mental health of both the young and the older generation. Getting our students busy with schoolwork will benefit their mental and physical well-being,” Mallari said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones has assured the President of DepEd’s readiness to implement the ‘no face-to-face classes’ this August. Briones said, many parents likewise support the opening of classes based on a survey conducted by the department.

Bishop Mallari, however, stressed that 80 percent of students in the Diocese of San Jose in Nueva Ecija have no capability for online classes, “thus, we need modules for our students in the diocese.”

“In a survey within the diocese, 70 to 80 percent of students have no capability for online classes so we really need the modules. We will devise a system to get the modules to our students,” the prelate said.

Bishop Mallari reminded the parents and teachers to constantly remind the youth about safety health protocols against COVID-19.

More than 10 million students have enrolled online since June for the school year. Majority of the enrollees were from Region 4-A and Region 3.