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Gatchalian: Government cannot afford to have an “academic freeze”

Government cannot afford to have an “academic freeze”

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture, wants DepEd to guarantee that the opening of classes on October 5 will go smoothly despite the pandemic.

Gatchalian, further said that the government cannot afford to have an “academic freeze”.

“Kung susuriin natin ang naging karanasan ng mga bansang dumaan sa matinding krisis,  malaking pinsala ang dulot sa kabataan kung hahayaan nating hindi sila mabigyan ng tama at dekalidad na edukasyon (If we look into the experience of other countries that went through a crisis, we will bring about huge damage to our youth if they are not given right and quality education),” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian said the government should give equal opportunity to all schools and ensure that students would be able to continue their education despite the health crisis.

He emphasized that giving all students the chance to continue their education amid the COVID-19 pandemic will give them a “fighting chance in terms of education and having a better future.”

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