Salceda proposes the possibility of conducting face-to-face classes in COVID-19 free areas

Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Sunday suggested the chance of allowing face-to-face classes in COVID-19 free areas.

"Tignan natin yung mga lugar na walang kaso at ipatupad na lang natin ang isang sistema na kung sakaling may mangyari, ay handa kaagad ang ating public health system para mag-respond o tumugon," Salceda said in an interview.

"Halimbawa may mga isla na wala talagang kaso, pwedeng pag-aralan kung pwede ang tradisyunal," he added.

DepEd Secretary Briones earlier said that face-to-face classes will only be allowed if the vaccine will be available, as per the direction of the President Duterte.

But Salceda explained that poor families cannot cope up with the plan of DepEd especially online learning.

"Kaya nga diyan pumapasok talaga na walang one-size-fits-all, kailangan talaga aralin na maigi tutal meron pa tayong up to August 24. By this time talaga naaral mo na," he said.

"Kailangan nating harapin kung paano ma-minimize natin yung cost to society as well as yung cost sa individual na mga tao na mawawalan ng pagkakataon upang sila ay makapag-aral aside from the fact na siyempre you advance knowledge through education," he added.

Briones also assured that DepEd is in thorough preparation of blended learning.

“Radio, television, online, and modular learning – which are pre-existing methods and were already used for decades – are being prepared and updated for this year. At the same time, teachers are being trained on utilizing newer platforms, and innovative tools to aid their professional development,” Briones said.

“We are working with the private sector and education experts to make these necessary steps logistically sound, especially on the development, acquisition, and deployment of learning resources," she added.

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