By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube video by Imee Marcos
Sen. Imee Marcos attended the virtual hearing on Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture
No Quick Fix, Please
Senator Imee Marcos attends the virtual hearing by the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture yesterday recently. It is to discuss the opening of classes for the school year 2020-21. She hopes that the new education system would be for the long haul and not just a quick fix.
Amending RA 7977 for the Long Haul
Senator Marcos clarifies to the officials of DepEd that the Senate is ready to amend the law. This is to defer the school opening. She reminds them that August is the start of the rainy season in the Philippines. The children’s safety is also the most important thing to consider during the pandemic. Will they be safe at school in August? Marcos also expresses apprehension that most school children might not be able to cope with online education. This is due to the lack of equipment and poor access to wifi.
The Internet Infrastructure is Not Ready
It is not certain yet that by August, the Department of Health can already assure the people that it is safe to hold classes at a social distancing arrangement. Therefore, online learning must be an alternative to the classroom session. However, the country’s internet infrastructure is not yet ready. In fact, most government websites crashed. These digital platforms are definitely not designed for millions of users, unlike Facebook. She strongly suggests coming up with a new system for the new normal and that is to speed up the digitization of the country’s education system.