‘Accessible, quality education’ for Filipinos — CHR

Published January 25, 2022, 3:53 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

As the global health crisis has put a strain on the country’s educational system with Filipinos facing countless challenges, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on the government to ensure accessible and quality education to all during this pandemic.

It emphasized that “good education will help build a more inclusive and peaceful future.”

“We continue to call for accessible and equitable quality education that will equip both students and educators with essential skills and knowledge to face the major transitions and to thrive in a fast-changing world,” it stressed.

Throughout all of the challenges faced by the education sector, the CHR said that teachers should not be forgotten and be given due notice and support.

“At the same time, it is equally important that they (the teachers) are provided with sufficient psychosocial support to help them manage the challenges of teaching and learning during this period of crisis,” it added.

The CHR suggested that the government develop a system that would be responsive to the needs of learners in the implementation of online and blended learning methods and the anticipated return to physical classes.

At the same time, it said the government could also “showcase innovative ways” to ensure that online learning remains inclusive for students of all walks of life amidst the pandemic.