Resetting SY opening

August 14, 2020

WITH unceasing “verbal bullets” pounding the Department of Education (DepEd), the government would do well to postpone the opening of school year (SY) 2020-2021), which is set on August 24.

No less than Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, the former Special Assistant to the President (SAP), is leading the snowballing move to reset the opening of classes to October 2020.

It will be recalled that last July 17, President Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11480, which allows the Chief Executive to move or reschedule the start of the SY in the event of a state of emergency.

The newly-signed legislation amended RA No. 7797, which called for the opening of classes in the country’s learning institutions between the first Monday of June until the last day of August.

In asking the government to postpone the opening of classes, Go, chair of the Senate committee on health and demography, said “our children’s safety and well-being are of utmost importance.”

He urged the government to give the students, teachers, school officials and education authorities more time to prepare given the challenges the country is still facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Umaapela ako sa executive branch na kung maaari ay i-postpone muna ng ilan pang buwan ang pagbubukas ng klase…Huwag nating isugal ang buhay at kaligtasan ng ating mga kabataan,” he added.

We would rather that concerned government offices and agencies be given more time “para plantsahin at ayusin ng mabuti ang lahat ng mga plano sa pag-conduct ng flexible o blended learning.”

Let’s give our beleaguered countrymen enough time to adapt to the so-called “new normal.”