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ACT refutes Briones claim of school safer than home

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DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones visiting students at Comembo Elementary School in June 2019. (Facebook image)

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Thursday refuted the claim of Education Secretary Leonor Briones that homes pose more risk of getting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) than schools in justifying the return to face-to-face learning starting January 2021.

In an interview over DZMM, ACT deputy secretary general Alex Legaspi dubbed Briones’ statement as “far from reality”.

“Nakita ko ‘yung study nila noong 15 October, parang malayo naman sa katotohanan ‘yung ganun. Hindi ba parang nakakapag-isip na naman na bakit kailangang sabihin na ang ekswelahan pa samantalang sa bahay iilan-ilan lang naman,” Legaspi said referring to the number of family members.

In her statement on Wednesday, Briones justified her plan to implement face-to-face classes saying, the threat of COVID-19 is greater when children are inside their homes than when they are in schools.

“So, hindi ko alam kung saan sila kumukuha ng kanila idea na igigiit na naman nila itong plano at sistema na hindi na naman pumasok sa konsultation lalo na hindi naman tinanong ang mga stakeholders hinggil dito, isusubo na naman ang ating mga estudyante sa isang eksperimento na hindi naman natin alam ang kahihinatnan,” Legaspi said.

He warned that the action of DepEd would only result in the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Sigurado na delubyo na naman ito, nakakatakot ang uri ng kanilang pag-iisip, lalong-lalo na hindi nila isinaalang-alang ang kagustuhan ng mga gaganap sa gusto nilang mangyari sa face-to-face classes,” he noted.

Briones has identified more than 1,000 schools to be covered by the pilot face-to-face classes.

“Nanawagan tayo sa Presidente (Rodrigo Duterte) na magkaroon sana ng pananagutan lalong-lalo na sa mga programa at polisiya na bigla-bigla na lamang sumusulpot parang hindi naman tinanong ang mas nakararaming gaganap dito sa sistemang gusto nilang ipatupad,” according to Legaspi.

He added that it will only add to the worries of parents if their children are obliged to go out to attend their classes.

“Lalong-lalo lamang itong magpapahirap sa hindi lamang sa mga estudyante kundi ang pag-aalala ng mga magulang ay madadagdagan pa. Kung noon nga na magkasama kayo sa bahay at hindi lumalabas nagla-lockdown, lalagay mo ang mga estudyante, palalakarin mo, hindi mo alam kung sino ang makasasalamuha niya. At the end of the day, sino pa rin ang magdadala ng burden magiging resulta ng eksperimento mula sa DepEd,” he stressed.

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