The Department of Education (DepEd) calls for in-person classes in the country on February 18,2021 despite of COVID 19 threats and undecided parents citing that majority of the learners wanted to learn in school and with their friends.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones is suggesting the resumption of face-to-face classes despite lack of classroom sanitary facilities and health services.
“The most avid supporters of face-to-face [classes] are the learners themselves. We asked children, parents and teachers, and we saw that out of all the children who participated, more than 50 percent said they wanted face-to-face classes because they will benefit from it,” Briones said.
According to Briones, teachers also agreed with the resumption of in-person learning even if majority of the parents are still undecided regarding this matter.
“UNICEF told me when we met last week: We are the only one in Southeast Asia that has not returned to face-to-face classes,” Briones added.