5,300 teachers still unvaxxed with face-to-face classes resumption

5,300 teachers still unvaxxed with face-to-face classes resumption

By Junex Doronio
March 14, 2022

COMPOSTELA, Cebu – As the children could not contain their excitement during their first day of limited face-to-face classes on Monday, March 14, it was learned that more than 5,300 public grade school teachers in Central Visayas remained unvaccinated and will not be able to teach in front of their students.

Mulao Elementary School principal Nicodemo Ponce proudly bared that their school is the first school chosen by the Department of Education (DepEd) Compostela District to implement limited face-to-face classes for the school year 2021-2022.

“For the teachers to be able to handle classes, it’s required that the teachers are vaccinated because that is what was approved by the President when the Secretary requested that we open schools for the limited face-to-face,” DepEd-7 director Salustiano Jimenez said.

He disclosed that there are still seven percent or 5,390 public grade school teachers out of about 77,000 teachers in 20 school divisions in Central Visayas who remain unvaccinated against the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Jimenez further said that the teachers who refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19 cited their “personal beliefs” while others said they were “ineligible” for vaccination because they have illnesses.

The DepEd official clarified that even if the unvaccinated teachers cannot personally handle classes but they still have to report to school.

Maharlika TV gathered that on March 7, at least 20 public schools started their limited face-to-face classes in Danao City.

School authorities, however, instructed the students to strictly follow the minimum health protocols such as social distancing, wearing of face masks, and handwashing or sanitization of hands. (ai/mtvn)

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