The Alliance of Concerned Teachers called on the government to roll out a clear plan for the gradual return of face-to-face classes.
Earlier, President Duterte deferred the physical reopening of schools until the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
ACT secretary-general Raymond Basilio, noting many countries already found ways to enable the safe return to schools, said, “How convenient for the President to harp on his so-called concern on our safety to evade his responsibility of fulfilling the youth’s right to education.”
He added, “It is plainly lazy and unimaginative to depend our education on the government’s delayed and uncertain vaccination program.”
ACT reiterated its recommendations to the DepEd on how to prepare for the gradual resumption of limited and voluntary face-to-face classes in low-risk areas, including a competent risk assessment of schools, installation of health and sanitation facilities and retrofitting of classrooms.