By Raymund F. Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo is in favor of delaying the opening of classes from August 24 to a later date as some teachers are not yet ready for the distance learning approach.
Robredo said she spoke with the teachers who want to delay the start of the classes to give them more time to prepare in transition towards distance or blended learning.
“Siguro iyong ibang mga teachers, handa, pero may mga lugar talagang hirap. Kailangan ayusin iyong instructional materials, kailangan mag-aadjust (The other teachers could be ready, but it would be really difficult for some areas. They need to fix the instructional materials and have to adjust),” she said on her Sunday radio show.
Robredo, a leader of the opposition, said there would be no much difference if the school opening will be moved between September to November this year.
“Kasi iyong problema kasi kapag pinilit mong August 24, iyong mga handa na, okay lang. Pero iyong mga hindi pa handa, baka masyadong lusaw iyong pagturo. (The problem if you force the school opening on August 24, it is okay for the teachers who are ready. But teaching will be half-baked for those who aren’t),” she noted.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has already announced that face-to-face classes may not be conducted for the coming school year due to the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines.
It would instead shift to the distance learning mode where lessons will be delivered through online platforms. Public school enrollment is now ongoing.
The vice president said the DepEd could allow the traditional face-to-face set-up in some parts of the country with no reported COVID-19 cases such as Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.
“Sana pag-aralan na depende sa lugar iyong modality na gagawin, hindi lahat distance learning (I hope they would study the modality depending on the areas, not all are distance learning),” Robredo said.
“Iyong mga lugar na hindi naman mataas iyong danger ng contamination, o wala namang contamination, baka puwede namang mag-face-to-face. (In the areas where the danger of contamination is not that high, the face-to-face classes could be held),” she added.
The opposition leader sees no problem in delaying the classes later than August because Congress can pass a law since the country is under a state of public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus.
”Sana kung anuman iyong magiging desisyon, iyong pinaka-consideration iyong mga learners natin (I hope whatever is the decision, the primary consideration is our learners),” she said.