VIRUS TEST FOR TEACHERS AND FUND REALIGNMENT FOR DISTANCE LEARNING TOOLS -ROBREDO
Vice President Leni Robredo is urging the Department of Education to conduct mass testing of teachers for COVID-19 as well as set aside funds for the physical check-ups and medicines of teachers, their safety gear, and hazard pay.
In her letter to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the Vice President suggested a “COVID-19 mass testing mechanism specifically for teachers, with testing and distribution of results done before classes begin.”
Robredo, whose late mother was an educator, said the DepEd earmarked P29.5 billion to rehabilitate school buildings this year, which would no longer be a priority given the shift to online classes.
The DepEd also set aside some P700 million for the training of teachers this year. Most of these training will shift online, and the department can save on travel and lodging expenses, which can be used for the coronavirus test of teachers.
Classes are set to open on Aug. 24, with the DepEd offering several options for distance learning, including the use of printed and digital modules, online classes, television, and radio.