DepEd reiterates that teachers don’t have to report physically to the school on June 1.
Thursday – The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified that no teachers are being required or forced to report physically on June 1, 2020.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stressed that teachers may return to work beginning June 1 either “virtually” or “physically”.
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“They are not required [to report physically],” Briones told the BusinessMirror over the phone.
“Until today [May 20] almost every day there are complaints against DepEd—‘how cruel, how unreasonable’…not only from teachers but also [from] parents,” she added.
The Education Secretary reiterated that physical reporting may be possible in areas where there is no single Covid-19 case. The Department of Health (DOH) earlier reported that there are over 40 provinces in the country with no reported cases of COVID from the start or in the past weeks.
However, reporting physically in these areas, if ever, would still be “in compliance with the DOH guidelines and the Inter-Agency Task Force,” she added.
“We have already said, even during our virtual press conference [livestream via Facebook] that they can report online or physically [yet] we are receiving complaints like they are being forced, they are risking their lives…. We never said that [they should report] physically…never every single one of the 900,000 teachers will be reporting physically. We’ve been repeating that over and over but it just keeps coming back…still the same reactions.” said Secretary Briones.
The Education Secretary said that they also indicated in their issued memorandum that teachers are not physically required to go to school on June 1. Read: Tasks assigned to teachers starting June 1
She also said that she was surprised that despite their numerous explanations, some quarters “still insist that we are insisting that they report physically.”
Secretary Briones also mentioned that teachers will undergo capacity building for new lessons as the education agency introduces a new online learning platform that has now more than 5 million.
The new platform is called the DepEd Commons. This is an online education delivery program for learners so that they could continue with their studies amid the pandemic.
According to the DepEd Secretary the learners and teachers will undergo psychosocial counseling to cope with the “new normal.”
She also stressed that the safety and protection of the learners and their families are their primary priority, that is why they are looking into different learning modalities. Read: Different Learning Modalities
DepEd reiterates that teachers don’t have to report physically to the school on June 1. – Updated: May 23, 2020
Source: Business Mirror
Read more: DepEd News
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