Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is urging the government to ensure that implementation of health protocols is strictly being followed as selected students and teachers are set for the pilot run of face-to-face (F2F) classes.
The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer has always been promoting better treatment for the education sector the reason why he wants to assure that teachers and students can safely go back to school.
“Kailangang tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng mga bata at ng mga guro. Pagtibayin ang coordination at cooperation ng lokal na pamahalaan, Department of Health, at Department of Education, para sa maayos na implementation ng programa,” Marcos said.
Aside from observing health protocols, Marcos told DepEd to only deploy vaccinated teachers to prevent further spread of COVID-19. He also urged them to continue encouraging teachers and school personnel to get vaccinated to make sure that students will be safe especially that the DOH has started its inoculation to children and teenagers aged 12 to 17 years old.
“Other countries, ang experiences nila was that there were risks involved in having non-vaccinated teachers and staff when they went back to face-to-face classes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that at least we are trying to start face-to-face classes. It is actually good news because that is a very good sign that, somehow, we are slowly going back to normalcy,” he said.
Based on the memorandum released by the DepEd, all public schools nationwide will be required to conduct a self-assessment using the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) in preparation for the expansion phase and onward transitioning to new normal of face-to-face after President Rodrigo Duterte approved a total of 120 public and private schools to join the two-month pilot run that will start on November 15.
Marcos reminded parents that the program is on a voluntary basis and make sure that they will provide signed consent if they want to allow their children to join the pilot classes.
“Maging tayong mga magulang ay dapat nakatutok din sa kaligtasan ng ating mga anak. Pero ako naman ay naniniwala na pinag-aralang mabuti ng pamahalaan ang hakbang na ito at maaari nga ay kailangan na talagang magkaroon ng face-to-face classes para sa mental health ng kabataan,” he said. (mtvn)