Face-to-face classes will push through on 15 November as the Department of Education (DepEd) has identified the schools that will join the limited pilot run.
However, parents are concerned that not all teachers are fully vaccinated yet.
MANILA — Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay-Angeles is urging the DepEd to speed up the inoculation of teachers by setting a target rate of 100 percent full vaccination before 15 November.
“Sa tingin ko dapat gawing accessible sa mga guro at school personnel ang bakuna, at mabakunahan ang lahat ng ating mga guro. DepEd should target a full vaccination coverage as soon as possible (ASAP)—not 30 percent, not 50 percent, but 100 percent,” Binay pointed out.
The lady senator expressed serious concern after education undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan disclosed that only 30 percent of DepEd personnel had actually been inoculated and the remainder has either been administered the first dose or are reluctant to receive the vaccine.
“DepEd has to find ways for teachers to have full access to available vaccines. I don’t understand why they are not as persistent as the transport or tourism sector given the fact that teachers are considered part of the essential workforce.
“‘Di ba sila bothered na may probability na ‘yung magtuturo sa mga bata ay hindi bakunado?” Binay asked during the hearing of the Senate basic education committee.
She suggested that in order to resolve the issue, a special vaccination program for teachers—similar to what was done for the transport and tourism industry workers—should be in place to ensure that all school personnel are vaccinated and that safety in schools selected for pilot testing is achieved.
“Paano natin sisimulan iyong (vaccination ng) mga estudyante kung ang mga teacher mismo hindi bakunado? The concern here is baka ‘yung teachers natin they are not getting access to vaccination and feeling ko baka it’s not hesitation but more of access to vaccine,” Binay reiterated.
“Baka kailangan natin magkaroon ng event where DepEd would gather our teachers tapos babakunahan sila sa school. Which is kagaya ng ginagawa sa ibang industries like the transport and tourism industries.
“Why can’t we have something like that for our teachers?” (TRC/Headline PH)