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VP Duterte urges students to help classmates who can’t read

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on Tuesday called on students in Oriental Mindoro to be kinder towards classmates who are still not able to read, instead of making fun of them.

In a visit to Tagumpay Elementary School in Palo—one of the towns hardest hit by the oil spill from the MT Princess Empress—Duterte underscored the importance of promoting reading literacy among children for better communication and self-development.

“Dapat ‘yung mga hindi pa marunong magbasa, huwag nating awayin, huwag nating kantyawan, huwag nating pagtawanan. Dapat ‘yung mga hindi pa marunong magbasa, dapat nating turuan. Kailangan natin tulungan,” she told the learners.

(We should not fight and make fun at those who can’t read still. We should teach and help them.)

In February, the Education chief admitted that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected students' reading and comprehension skills.

The oil spill has also resulted in a high number of student absences at the Tagumpay elementary and high schools, so the Office of the Vice President, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, has provided assistance.

A total of 289 beneficiaries from four oil spill-affected barangays received P20,216 each.

Motor tanker Princess Empress sank on February 28 off Naujan while carrying 900,000 liters of industrial fuel. — BM, GMA Integrated News