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Your lives will be changed by determination: VP Sara to students

As she participated in the national school opening day on Monday, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte personally delivered her motivational message to students at numerous schools in Bataan.

In an interview, Duterte praised everyone who had contributed to the official resumption of face-to-face sessions, including those who were not teaching.

She also urged students to remain committed to completing their education.

What will transform your life is your will to succeed, she said. “What will alter your life is your determination to succeed,” she said.

She asserted that the return to in-person instruction is already seen as a success for students, particularly in light of the government’s primary focus on the “learning loss.”

“Isang malaking tagumpay ang muling pagsisimula ng in-person learning ngayong araw na ito for sa mga kabataang Pilipino. (The return of in-person courses today is a big success for Filipino kids.) Isang hakbang na buong tapang na ginawa ng DepEd sa kabila ng mga hamon at takot na dala ng Covid-19 epidemic. Despite the danger and dread that the Covid-19 outbreak had brought, the DepEd valiantly took this move, she remarked in her speech at the Dinalupihan Elementary School (DES) in Bataan.

Superintendent of the School Division and DES Officer-in-Charge Even teachers, according to Roland Fronda, are ready for the in-person setting, with the majority having received Covid-19 vaccinations.

“In Bataan, almost 99 or 98 percent of our teachers have had vaccinations. There are still religious objections, but this time we are no longer barred from teaching. We have over 6,200 instructors, and only around 10 to 20 are not yet immunized due to comorbidities,” he stated.

Duterte stated that neither the epidemic nor a lack of facilities or classrooms could be used as a justification for suspending lessons, despite accepting the validity of the arguments put out by a number of groups asking for a delay in the start of face-to-face instruction.

She emphasized that the administration’s initiative, which is “data and research-driven,” needs to be addressed immediately in order to build the country in the years to come.

“Hindi niya po kaya na muling maantala pa ang pag-aaral ng mga kabataang Pilipino… We can no longer afford the delay in [in-person] learning among young Filipinos, which causes makahulugan, sapat, wasto, and dekalidad in education. Students will receive meaningful, appropriate, and quality instruction during in-person learning, she continued.

Also stated by the vice president were their “learning recovery strategies to overcome learning gaps and expedite students’ learning,” which will be reinforced by other collaboration actions.

education readiness

While heavy traffic occurred on some major roads and in Quezon City, Senator Grace Poe claimed that the government “could have been better prepared” for the resumed face-to-face setup. Additionally, she claimed that some students in a school in Manila were reported to be sitting on the floor due to inadequate seating.

Although DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa acknowledged that the first day of classes wasn’t “without any problem,” overall, everything went well and according to plan.

We only want to talk about the readiness of the aforementioned schools. “The Department of Education stated we were ready, but when we said we were ready, alam naman natin (we know that), it is not going to be without problems. “The issues are there, every year,” he said.

Nationwide enrollment is currently at 28,035,042, a record-high increase of 101 percent over the total from the previous school year.

In order to meet their target enrollment goal of 28.6 million students, the DepEd had advised parents to enroll their children as “soon as possible.”


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