Teachers want classes suspended up to Friday
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on the respective local government units of typhoon-hit areas to declare suspension of classes up to Friday, August 23.
“Asking the kids to go back to school after they have been devastated by the typhoon, torrential rains and flooding would not do any help for them as well as for their families. It would be convenient for all- the government the school officials, teachers and the children and their families if there would be no classes this Friday. ” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson.
Basas added that since Friday is likely to be the only remaining school day of the week before another long weekend, parents would rather decide not to send their children in schools and that is based on their experience.
The group also asks the host communities to help in clean-up operations.
“A clean-up drive in flooded schools and especially those that were used as evacuation centers would be necessary, and we call on the DepEd and local officials to mobilize the community in ensuring the readiness of the schools when classes resume on Tuesday.” Basas added.
Basas also reminded some field officials of the DepEd to be considerate in requiring make-up classes for lost school days because the DepEd school calendar has buffer days.
“Make-up classes may be imposed once the buffer days have been consumed for class suspensions or other non-academic activities.” He ended.
The TDC last week received a report from parents and teachers in Navoitas that their students were required to report to school last Saturday to make-up for the lost school day due to typhoon Labuyo.
Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson 0920-5740241/3853437
August 22, 2013
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