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Vice President Leni Robredo has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to test teachers for COVID-19 before the opening of classes on August 24.

In a letter sent to Education Secretary Leonor Briones dated August 10, Robredo said the results of teachers’ COVID-19 test should be made known to them before the new school year starts.

She said the DepEd should also set aside funds so teachers could have regular checkups and take medicines they might need should they fall ill.

Robredo likewise urged the agency to provide protective items to teachers, such as hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment.

“These would go a long way in minimizing the already huge amount of anxiety our educators are feeling,” she said.

Robredo said DepEd should also give teachers’ hazard pay on time and ensure there is a system to address their health and wellness needs.

Over 23 million students have enrolled for school year 2020-2021, which will see the use of “blended” learning methods in the absence of face to face classes.

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