Binay supports return of face-to-face classes: ‘You can’t lockdown kids forever’

  • Senator Nancy Binay admitted that based on feedbacks modular learning is not always effective
  • She urged the government to consider allowing face-to-face classes in areas with low-risk to no cases of COVID-19
  • Binay clarified that strict health protocols should be implemented in both schools and community levels

Senator Nancy Binay expressed her support to the idea of resuming the face-to-face classes.

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According to Binay, we need to adapt to the new normal and accept that we cannot keep our kids on lockdown forever. She urged the government to reconsider the resumption of face-to-face classes even amid the pandemic.

“Let us all be realistic, ‘di pwedeng naka-lockdown at nakakulong ang mga bata forever. Tanggapin na natin na this is the new normal,” Binay said in a statement.

Binay revealed that based on feedback, modular learnings are not always effective. She suggested that the government start creating a balance between face-to-face learning and still keeping children safe from COVID-19.

Binay explained that she supports the initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd) to conduct the dry run in areas with low-risk or zero-incidence of COVID-19, as long as strict health and safety protocols are followed not just in school but also in community levels.

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“What’s ironic, pinayagan na natin ang mga bata na lumabas at magbakasyon at pumunta sa malls which are high-risk environments, kaysa sa schools na mas controlled ang setup,” she said.

“But let me be clear: DepEd needs to assess the readiness of local schools and LGUs to respond to an emergency case as far as handling or managing a public health situation such as COVID. DepEd can come up with a minimum checklist and see to it that schools and the community are equipped should there be any unexpected eventuality,” Binay also said.