A federation of private schools want exclusion from possible delay in class opening, saying its members are fully prepared and “ready” to teach online education under the new normal.
The Federation of Associations of Private School Administrators (FAPSA) made the statement following growing clamor from various sectors calling on the government to delay or even suspend the resumption of classes in public schools.
“Our concern, please exclude the private schools from any government decision either to delay or suspend classes,” FAPSA president Eleazardo Kasilag told this reporter in a text message.
“Mr. President, sir, allow us to go ahead and you can hold us responsible for any eventuality that may happen to our students while they are under our care,” Kasilag said.
According to Kasilag, FAPSA knows the initial position of the president to postpone in-person classes until a vaccine against COVID-19 is available.
“Here, we are apprehensive because even if we, the private schools, are ready, that little signature shall change the entire ballgame and surely, it has its effect on private schools,” he said.
“We wish to confirm, FAPSA schools are ready. We are into online education. Students do lessons at home and we shall finish this school year in that set up even if face-to-face is given. But if parents still wish to stay like that, that set up is most comfortable with us,” Kasilag added.
He said their teachers are already impatient and their students are texting them for lessons.
“Our students are not envious if their counterparts in public schools are going to have a much longer vacation. The students want to start right away,” he said.