‘Not enough’ support for teachers to sustain distance learning — Gatchalian

Budgetary support for teachers is “not enough” to sustain distance learning across the country, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian admitted Thursday. | @CMRamosINQ

2/25/2021 4:25:00 AM

Budgetary support for teachers is “not enough” to sustain distance learning across the country, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian admitted Thursday. | CMRamosINQ

MANILA, Philippines — Budgetary support for teachers is “not enough” to sustain distance learning across the country, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian admitted Thursday, adding that the

President Rodrigo Duterte initially gave his green light to the proposal but hedue to the threat of the new coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom.Senators, however, pushed for adry run of limited face-to-face classes,citing the need to gain experience and lessons for when the government finally allows resumption of physical classes.

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Parents and teachers observe minimum health standards at the distribution of learning packets to students of Doña Rosario High School in Novaliches Proper, Quezon City on Wednesday, September 30, prior to the opening of classes on October 5, as the DepED shifted to distance learning due to the pandemic.-INQUIRER/GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

“It will take time for the entire education system to normalize so the pilot testing will give us a wealth of information and data on how to go back to our face-to-face system in the future. That’s why it’s important right now to study this carefully,” Gatchalian went on. headtopics.com

“A lot of countries have been doing this, in fact, in Asia right now, we’re the only country which has not opened schools yet. A lot of our neighbors have already started face-to-face and that’s why we have to study our situation very carefully,” he added.

“In other countries even though they did not have the vaccine, they have already started face-to-face classes, some are partial, some are once a week but it’s important to study the situation. Each country will have a peculiar situation that’s why we learn from them, but we also study our own and that’s how we move forward,” he further said.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones made aand allow in-person classes because most learners, who have been cooped up for too long during the year-round lockdown, have been missing physical schooling and learning in an actual school.ADVERTISEMENTthumbed down

DepEd’s new push earlier this week.The President, however, allowed last month the resumption of limited face-to-face classes for medical and allied health programs in institutions located in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas. Read more: Inquirer »

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