Go seeks Oct. class opening

August 13, 2020

SENATOR and chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher “Bong” Go on August 13 asked the government to postpone the opening of classes scheduled on August 24.

“Our children’s safety and well-being are of utmost importance and it is our responsibility to ensure these,” he said.

Go proposed to move the opening of classes to October 2020 to give students, teachers, learning institutions and education authorities more time to prepare given the challenges the country is still facing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Umaapela ako sa Executive branch na kung maaari ay i-postpone muna ng ilan pang buwan ang pagbubukas ng klase habang wala pang bakuna sa COVID-19. Huwag nating isugal ang buhay at kaligtasan ng ating mga kabataan.

“Kung hindi pa handa, huwag nating pilitin.  Magiging kawawa ang mga estudyante, kawawa ang mga teachers. Hirap na po ang mga Pilipino, huwag na nating dagdagan pa ng pressure ang mga bata at mga magulang nila,” Go said.

“Para rin hindi ma-pressure at madaliin ng DepEd at iba pang ahensya ang mga paghahandang kailangang gawin, bigyan muna natin sila ng dagdag na oras upang plantsahin at ayusin ng mabuti ang lahat ng mga plano sa pag-conduct ng flexible o blended learning.  

“Siguraduhin nating magiging maayos ang implementasyon para hindi na madagdagan ang paghihirap ng mga tao.  Katulad ng sinabi ko noon, dapat siguraduhin na makakapag-aral ang ating mga estudyante sa maayos at ligtas na paraan in line with the President’s position of ‘no vaccine, no face-to-face classes’,” Go added.

Go also explained that given the challenges the whole country is currently facing and the adverse economic impact it has caused to various sectors, it would be beneficial to give affected Filipinos more time to adapt to the so-called ‘new normal’.

“Sa konting postponement na ito, mabibigyan ng karagdagang panahon upang mas makapaghanda ang mga students, teachers, learning institutions, education authorities and even the general public. This is to better prepare and fine tune the country’s flexible continuity learning plans,” he further explained.