After a dismal enrollment turnout, a youth group calls for an academic freeze
According to Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, here’s why online classes aren’t a feasible option for our country
Jul 2, 2020
Following reports of a dismal enrollment turnout for the coming school year, students and activists have amplified their call for an academic freeze for the coming school year.
Part of this movement is youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), who have called on Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero De Vera III to cancel planned online classes.
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In a statement released on their Facebook page, the group called the shift to online classes “anti-poor” and cited the plight of students from low-income families, who have to figure out how to catch up to online classes amid economic and financial difficulties.
The group also noted the negative effect this may have on students’ mental health, which was the case for an Albay student who was driven to take their own life due to the financial strain brought on by online classes.
“If 12 million students were left behind during the enrollment process alone, how many more stand to lose out in the months ahead? What use is a continuous yet low-quality and inaccessible form of education when our own future is at stake?” their statement reads.
Prior to this statement, other organizations have also raised concerns about the decision to resume classes during the pandemic. A policy brief released by the Ateneo de Manila University concluded that students from lower income groups are more likely to have difficulties utilizing online or alternative learning platforms.
Education in the Time of COVID-19: Assessing the Accessibility of Online Learning for Filipino Learners
By: Cymon Kayle Lubangco
You may download Policy Brief 2020-18 at https://t.co/lALNVhMz7J
— Ateneo de Manila University Economics (@ADMUEconomics) June 2, 2020
Educators have also been facing difficulties adjusting to online classes. Last month, public school teachers from Davao de Oro were seen installing tents along the highway of upland areas in order to attend DepEd’s online teaching seminars.
After consulting with schools nationwide, DepEd announced that the school year 2020-2021 will begin on Aug. 24 and end on Apr. 30, 2021. Private schools will be allowed to open late or early as long as it’s within the date prescribed by law.
CHED noted that the resumption of classes in higher education institutions will depend on how classes are conducted. Colleges and universities utilizing full online education can open anytime, while those using flexible education modes can open anytime in August.
Header photo by Richard A. Reyes for Inquirer.net
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