According to a group, private schools need government help in retrofitting of facilities, hiring of personnel to help in online and in-person classes as they cannot raise fees especially now that fewer students are enrolled.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said 24,603,822 learners have returned to schools, excluding those who are enrolled in alternative learning systems, as well as those overseas.
“I want to go to school,” seven-year-old Kylie Larrobis said, complaining she cannot read after a year of online kindergarten. “I don’t know what a classroom looks like – I’ve never seen one.”
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition revealed that many teachers are still waiting for the provided modules while others are doing their last-ditch effort of printing and reproduction using their own resources as classes open today.
The Safe, Equitable, Quality, and Relevant (SEQuRe) Education Movement noted the Philippines and Venezuela will be the only two countries in the world where schools have not reopened since the pandemic began.
Eric Dimar, a psychology assistant professor and licensed guidance counselor, said there's no such thing as “retail therapy," but there's nothing wrong with rewarding one’s self after a hard day’s work if the purchase is planned and not excessive.
Based on a study, 77% of the respondents said they now prioritize spending on their needs more than their wants while 82% of them shared that they are afraid to incur debts or take loans.
Subsidized by the Department of Education, activated SIM cards pre-loaded with Smart Giga Study plans will be distributed to public school teachers for their use in online teaching and learning, and interacting with their students.
A special education teacher commended engineering students for trying to give a “voice” to the deaf community, but he said the people who can hear should do more to connect with those who could not hear and talk.
Saying blended learning is not forever, presidential spokesman Harry Roque called on parents to ensure that their children will continue their education despite the COVID-19 pandemic.