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Cebu mayors back limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas

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The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter expressed support for the Department of Education’s proposal to hold limited in-person or face-to-face classes.

In a resolution, the LMP supported the proposal of DepEd Cebu Province provided that there is a clear policy, a more concrete execution plan and specific guidelines in order to ensure the health and safety of students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders during its implementation.

They also urged the DepEd Cebu Province to identify areas where limited face-to-face classes will be implemented as well as secure approval from Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in its conduct. (https://bit.ly/2UvGr5y)

DepEd also needs to seek approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force and DepEd central office.

During the recent LMP Cebu’s general assembly, Dr. Leah Apao, acting assistant schools division superintendent for the Province of Cebu, presented to the body the enrollment status, learning modalities, challenges in teaching, and initiatives of the department in the province.

“[A]mong the challenges discussed concerning the education in the new normal were societal impact of the new modes of education and its effects on the mental health of children, the heavy financial and logistical burden of printing materials for modular learning, poor telephone signal and internet connection, vast unavailability of gadgets and devices, the inability or difficulty of some parents to assist students in module based classes due to the circumstances of their household, and the difficulty of ensuring that students are absorbing the lessons well and are properly monitored considering the physical absence of teachers in their day-to-day learning,” the resolution read.

Apao had sought the support of the mayors considering the decrease of coronavirus cases in the province where they proposed to conduct limited face-to-face classes in the areas with zero or low cases.