Teachers should be exempt from mandatory onsite work — Eleazar

Teachers should be exempt from mandatory onsite work — Eleazar

File photo of Gen. Guillermo Eleazar being greeted by supporters in a campaign rally recently. (Photo from General Eleazar’s Media Friends)

By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Partido Reporma senatorial candidate Guillermo Eleazar is asking the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to exempt teachers from the mandatory onsite work following complaints on the DepEd directive ordering teachers to report to their respective schools.

According to reports, the DepEd’s directive for public school teachers to physically report to schools has been required by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

“The CSC and DepEd should reconsider their decision and instead conduct internet connection assessment first before forcing teachers to hold online classes in the schools,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief noted.

“Kung ito ay para sa face-to-face classes ay suportado natin ito pero kung online class din naman at hindi maayos ang internet sa school, what’s the point of forcing them report to school? Sayang lang ang oras, dagdag gastos at sakit ng ulo pa ito sa ating mga guro,” Eleazar pointed out.

Various teachers have been complaining about the order of the DepEd to physically report to schools, assailing the logic behind the order as they are required to hold online classes in schools with slow internet connections.

A DepEd official said they are merely following the directive from the CSC for government employees to physically report to work.

Eleazar pointed out that if the government wants teachers to physically report to work, it should fix first the long-time problem of internet connectivity in the Philippines.

“Kung pupunta din lang naman sa mga paaralan para online classes, hindi ba mas logical na sa bahay nila gawin ito dahil kalimitan ay mas malakas pa ang signal sa bahay ng internet, which means na mas maayos na magagampanan nila ang tungkulin din,” the retired police general said.

Aside from fixing the internet problems, he said the DepEd should also come up with a survey as to who among the teachers want to physically report to work to hold online classes in the schools.

“Iberia kais ang situwasyon sa bawat lugar. May mga paaralan na malakas ang signal ng internet at iyong karamihan mabagal o wala. Mayroon din namang mga paaralan na sagot ang internet expenses kaya mas nakakatipid ang mga teachers,” he stressed.

“Kaya ang solusyon dito ay alamin muna iyong situwasyon sa ground baka magkaroon ng mga desisyon na aakma at hindi magpapahirap sa situwasyon ng ating mga guro,” he concluded. (AI/MTVN)

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