DepEd to blame for COVID-19 cases in schools
Department of Education confirmed COVID-19 cases in schools are results of negligence and poor health measures, the Alliance of Concerned Teacher said.
The group noted the confusion of regulations in schools whenever a COVID-19 case is reported.
“Teachers who have taught in a class where there was a positive case are still required to teach in other sections. Then those who have symptoms or exposure need to spend for the RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test [so their absence can be] excused… because [this] might be deducted from their salary,” ACT chair Vladimer Quetua said.
He said most teachers do not have sick leave credits.
DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said that COVID-19 cases in schools was “expected.”
“What we want to avoid, that’s why we’re closely monitoring the situation, is to have a surge in COVID-19 cases,” he said.
DepEd directed the schools to establish their own surveillance systems and coordinate with local health authorities.
“DepEd is responsible over infection in schools,” ACT said.