Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) not to insist on an August 24 resumption of classes it was not feasible.
In her radio program, Robredo noted that the law on class resumption could be amended to a later month so the department and teachers can prepare.
“Ang paki-usap lang natin sa DepEd—ito pinahayag na natin—kung hindi kaya , huwag pilitin,” she said.
According to the Vice President, teachers were anxious and had doubts over their preparedness for the new blended learning approach.
“Walang problema sa content pero ‘yung problema pagsalin ng content para maging appropriate siya for distance learning. So madami pang training na kailangan gawin,” she added.
On Saturday, DepEd reminded parents and students of the enrollment deadline on June 30, Tuesday, as only around 15 million out of the 27 million expected students had registered for school.
The remaining 12 million students who had not yet enrolled and only had three days left to register for the coming school year.
The DepEd set the first two weeks of June for online enrollment, while the other two weeks for "physical" enrollment, where parents and learners would submit LESFs remotely or via drop boxes.
Due to the threat of COVID-19, the DepEd would resort to distance learning when classes resume. The approach did not require students to be physically present at school thus preventing the possible transmission of the virus.
The approach also removed around 60 percent of the curriculum during the coming school year, which was scheduled to start on August 24.
The department has been preparing for ways to deliver education to students through self-learning modules, broadcast media, and the internet. — DVM, GMA News