Teachers’ group on DepEd: August 24 is considering opening classes nationwide

Students wearing protective masks join a school activity in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has spread to more than a dozen countries a global emergency after the number of cases spiked more than tenfold in a week, including the highest death toll in a 24-hour period reported Friday. Health officials in the country recently confirmed the Philippines’ first case of the new virus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Department of Education (DepEd) group of teachers is now calling for its decision to begin the school year on August 24.

In a statement, Benjo Basas, chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), said a bigger crisis would be expected if it continued to enter the said date as the country’s problems with COVID-19 could extend until August.

DepEd first said they had moved in August to open the class after intensive consultation with stakeholders.

However, students are not obligated to attend school because they implement different learning delivery modes as alternative physical classes.

In Basas’s opinion, however, the alternative way of educating large numbers of students in remote areas would only be discriminatory.

DepEd remembers giving schools the freedom to choose the implementation of learning delivery mode, depending on the health situation in their area.

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