Solon urges DEPED, CHED to delay school opening to August

Solon urges DEPED, CHED to delay school opening to August

ACT- CIS Partylist Rep. Jocelyn Tulfo urged the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to delay the opening of classes to August and September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tulfo said both departments and the Inter-Agency Task Force could probably on a trial basis, synchronize the opening of the new school year not on June.

“Huwag po nating ipilit buksan ang school year sa June. Mabuti nang nag-iingat at daig ng maagap ang masipag. Maraming eskuwelahan ang kinailangang gamitin bilang staging area, relief goods distribution center, o temporary community quarantine facility,” said Tulfo citing the risks that students may get due to the pandemic.

The lady solon added that the government “must make certain every school, every classroom is disinfected, clean, and safe for our youth and teachers to use on a daily basis.”

She also said that the week-long or usual Brigada Eskuwela will not do to clean the schools and that government “should devote an entire month for decontamination of all school and sports facilities, including dormitories, used for COVID-19 response measures.”

Meanwhile, Tulfo said that she had already asked the Departments of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, and the education agencies to recommend to Congress a Pantawid Edukasyon conditional cash transfer program for all students in the low income and lower-middle-income brackets.

“All the education agencies have existing electronic voucher systems, we may need to double or triple the funding for those education vouchers and also give food vouchers and transport fare vouchers,” she added.

At the moment, Dep-ed officials have yet to comment on Tulfo’s call regarding the matter.

News by: MJ Mondejar 

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