School in discord; It’s already June!

With less than a week to go before June 1, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines raises concerns on the unclear and lacking guidelines with regards to school opening, leaving teachers in limbo.

The group cited the President’s ‘no vaccine, no school opening’ pronouncement and that children can just ‘play for now’, allowing for a year without graduates; then comes Presidential spokeman Harry Roque’s clarification that only face-toface classes will be prohibited.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has yet to respond to the conflicting statements, while the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) said they share the President’s sentiments hence the ‘rolling of class opening’ with flexible modes.

Government discord a few days before we’re set to return to work leaves us in a restless limbo, adding to our anxiety caused by the still uncontained COVID 19. Officials’ conflicting statements make it clear that the country is not actually ready to open schools. As such, we fear that the unpreparedness and premature decisions may put to risk the lives of teachers, staff, and parents,” said ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio.