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100 offline schools open in Philippines

Key Takeaway:

  • Thousands of youngsters in the Philippines were allowed to return to classrooms Monday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as a pilot re-opening of schools got underway.
  • A “blended learning” program, that involves online classes, written materials, and lessons broadcast on tv and social media to continue on going lessons.

Nurse practitioners, doctors should be treated equally under the Juries Act, says ONA McConnell wanted to disinvite Trump from the inauguration. Thousands of youngsters in the Philippines were allowed to return to classrooms Monday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as a pilot re-opening of schools got underway.

While nearly each country in the world has already partly or totally reopened its schools to face-to-face learning, the Philippines has kept them closed since March 2020.Kindergarten teacher Zyrex Damayo said he was “a bit nervous” as he greeted eight of his students at the Siocon school in Bogo city in the central island province of Cebu.

“I was expecting some of them to cry but it went smoothly and we didn’t have any issues,” Damayo told AFP.
“They were quiet but they are still a bit back.” A hundred public schools out of quite 61,000 are selected for the two-month trial, which is expected to be expanded in the coming weeks, education officials said. Many of the schools are situated in remote, mountainous, or island communities considered to be low risk for virus transmission.

“I cannot guarantee that this will be 100% successful , but in our assessment, we’ve got high hopes that this pilot will be a success,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said last week. Students in preschool, grades one to three, and senior high school. Class sizes are capped and time in the room restricted, with strict rules on mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.

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A “blended learning” program, that involves online classes, written materials, and lessons broadcast on tv and social media to continue on going lessons. Schools in the capital region also have been pushing to resume face-to-face lessons, but so far they have not received the green light .

Oliver Sanchez, principal of Filemon T. Lizan senior high school college in Navotas city, said most parents wanted their youngsters back in the room. “I suppose they got tired of teaching their children,” Sanchez told AFP. Nearly 30 % of the country’s 110 million people are absolutely vaccinated against Covid-19, though the speed is almost 70 % in the capital Manila.

Authorities began rolling out jabs for children as young as twelve this month. The Philippines has recorded more than 2.8 million infections since the start of the pandemic, but the daily case rate has fallen dramatically in recent weeks.

There have been growing calls from the UN’s children fund and plenty of lecturers for a return to in-person learning amid concerns the prolonged closure was exacerbating an education crisis in the country.
Fifteen-year-olds in the Philippines were at or close to the bottom in reading, mathematics, and science, in keeping with data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Most students attend public schools where large class sizes, outdated teaching methods, lack of investment in basic infrastructure like bathrooms, and poverty are blamed for children lagging.

Source-CTV News

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