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House urges DepEd to support teachers amid pandemic

House urges DepEd to support teachers amid pandemic

The House of Representatives has pushed the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to help public school teachers and college faculties amid the pandemic.

The house adopted House Resolution 2471, which seeks to promote the safety of teachers and their students, as well as advance the capacities of teachers challenged by distance learning.

“In consideration of the probability of the continuing transmission of Covid-19, teachers and non-teaching personnel should be amply protected against the disease and should therefore be provided with the standard personal protective equipment based on the Alert Level raised by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, such as face masks, face shields, and 70 percent ethyl alcohol,” the resolution read.

It also stressed the need to provide tablets or laptops to support teachers in the transition to blended learning.

“Relative to distance learning, many teachers cannot afford new laptops and broadband connection because of economic reasons, coupled with the fact that many teachers have just one home computer that is being shared with other family members either for remote work or online classes,” it said.

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