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‘Wag ipilit kung ‘di pa handa! Bong Go urges DepEd: Move opening of classes to October

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Senator Bong Go urged the Department of Education (DepEd) Thursday (August 13) to move the opening of classes from August 24 to October to give education stakeholders more time to prepare for the implementation of blended learning.

In a statement, Go said DepEd also needs more time to iron out kinks in the conduct of distance learning since it will be done on a nationwide scale for the first time for school year 2020-2021.

“Kung hindi pa handa, huwag nating pilitin. Magiging kawawa ang mga estudyante, kawawa ang mga teachers. Hirap na po ang mga Pilipino, huwag na nating dagdagan pa ng pressure ang mga bata at mga magulang nila,” he said.

Go acknowledged the challenges that come with blended learning, saying students and teachers have to contend with slow internet speed and delayed arrival of printed modules.

“Ayaw nating maipasa ang burden sa estudyante at ma-pressure sila dahil sa makabagong paraan ng pag-aaral kung hindi pa naman po handa ang lahat,” he added.

On July 17, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11480, giving authority to the President of the Philippines, upon the recommendation of the Education Secretary, to set a different date of opening of school year in the country or parts thereof in cases of the declaration of state of emergency or state of calamity. It shall apply to all basic educational institutions, including international schools.

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