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CHEd chief denies ‘we are ready to die’ quote

Neil Alcober

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The fake meme has "to die" added to the quote. (Brgy Punturan image)
The head of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is crying foul over a fake meme quoting him as saying that he and the agency are “ready to die” in the upcoming school opening.
Prospero De Vera III said the meme circulating on social media has sparked comments bashing “CHEd and the government for allowing students to physically go to school and accusing the government of being insensitive and uncaring for the health and safety of students.”
De Vera clarified that an article from Rappler entitled, “CHED: ‘We’re ready to open classes this August’ quoted him as saying, “We are ready to open [classes] this August. No ifs, no buts. Learning must continue. We learn as one, we are ready.”
“This quote has now been used to create a material circulating online saying that we are ready to die,” De Vera said in a statement.
De Vera clarified that higher education institutions (HEIs) will open the semester in August using flexible learning mode.
“There are no regular face-to-face classes in August,” he said.
De Vera said without stating the proper context, the Rappler article made the readers who did not watch the CHED HiEd Press Conference, believe that CHED is pushing for the opening of ‘regular’ classes by August despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to De Vera, the context behind the said quote is that the Commission recognizes the bayanihan spirit of the HEI to help other HEI, especially those in far-flung areas to prepare them for flexible learning when classes resume in August.
“The article unduly hampers the spirit of bayanihan advocated by the Commission and HEIs especially during these challenging times, while everyone is finding ways to cope with the pandemic,” he said.
“I encourage Rappler to provide a balanced report, using the proper context discussed in the press conference, instead of inciting controversy. Let us learn and educate as one,” the CHED chief added.
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