Lawmaker suggests face-to-face classes in low-risk areas

Lawmaker suggests face-to-face classes in low-risk areas

A lawmaker is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider face-to-face classes in areas with low-risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections and those with limited digital capacity.

On Wednesday, Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez recommended that face-to-face classes for students should be considered in areas with low risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection as well as in areas with limited internet access.

Alvarez, a former House Speaker, said traditional classes may be more effective and a practical option for certain areas in the country, noting that a nuanced and area-specific approach is the” best and realistic way forward.”

"Areas with no cases of Covid-19 should consider regular classes. Areas with little to no background when it comes to the digital era should learn about these modern tools, build capacities with the help and support from the government (and the private sector) and gradually – but steadily – shift to the digital age," Alvarez said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has set the opening of classes for the school year 2020-2021 on August 24.

However, it announced that no face-to-face classes will be done until a vaccine for the Covid-19 is available, in compliance with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.


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