Return of face-to-face classes to help economic recovery

A gradual return to face-to-face classes will help in economic recovery by restoring productivity, preventing the erosion of human capital and increasing consumption, according to the National Economic and Development Authority.

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua said if the results of the pilot are encouraging, this might eventually pave the way for the gradual restoration of face-to-face learning when quarantine restrictions could be lowered.

Chua said, “We listened to the experts, and (their) conclusion…is that it is manageable to have our children go back to school in the least risky areas. That’s why the President agreed to the pilot face-to-face in January.”

He explained prolonging the distance learning methods such as the use of self-learning modules will affect national productivity in the long term as parents stay out of the job market longer to help their children and the children themselves do not learn at the optimum level.

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