WE HAVE formally lobbied for the postponement of the Aug. 24 class opening for school year 2020-2021. We cite health and practical concerns, mainly the continuing spread of Covid-19 in the country and the obvious failure on the part of the DepEd to prepare the requirements for distance learning modality. We specifically asked the help of the chairpersons of Congress’ basic education committees.
Much as we want to discuss these matters with the DepEd management, our appeal for dialogues was ignored many times. Thus, we turn to Congress to air our grievances. We believe they will listen to us.
Rep. Roman Romulo, the chair of the House Basic Education Committee, has granted our request and set the virtual meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, while the office of Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, his counterpart in the Senate, has already acknowledged our letter. We will also seek the support of other legislators.
We earlier called for a postponement of scheduled class opening and proposed for wider consultation with stakeholders, training for teachers, orientation with parents and preparation of the needed mechanisms and infrastructure for the several methods of distance learning modality.
Recently, Congress enacted a law that would allow the president to adjust the school calendar during emergencies.