Resumption of face-to-face classes
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is pressing for the resumption of face-to-face classes in the country but with reservations.
Gatchalian said many students cannot afford to attend online classes so the best way to teach them is to go back to normal.
The Senator said that only Philippines has yet to open face-to-face classes among Asian countries.
“Many parents especially those who have not finished even their elementary education are really struggling in teaching their children so if there’s an opportunity to go back to face-to-face classes then we should,” he said.
“This is what I have been pushing at the Senate, I hope they will consider this,” he added.
The senator is supporting the proposal to resume face-to-face classes even in pilot areas for the meantime.
Gatchalian said, “maybe we could start in one pilot site for elementary, junior high school, and senior high school.”
He said if the result is good, then face-to-face classes should be open to all areas with zero Covid-19 cases.”
However, the senator expressed some reservations about it.
For one, it should be science-based.
Gatchalian said there is a need for a thorough study as having zero Covid-19 cases does not mean a place can immediately resume face-to-face classes.
“While I support face-to-face classes, it is still important to have a science-based approach. Let us study well and see what are the localities capable of going back to the normal classes,” he said.
“In concept, I support the proposal. In fact, many cities and towns can already have face-to-face classes,” he added.
“There’s a need to study first like what areas can open face-to-face classes, what areas cannot,” he said.
“For other cities like Bacolod and Valenzuela, it cannot open yet because many people are coming in and out and the classroom spaces are tight,” he added.