More teachers contract COVID-19 after gov’t resumed public school classes

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) sounded the alarm over the growing positive COVID-19 patients among teachers.

ACT said that the teachers possibly caught the viral disease while going to different places just to distribute the learning modules to the students.

The teachers group added that there are more than 240 teachers from Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Central Luzon who turned COVID-19 positive. Another 52 non-teaching personnel also caught the disease.

“Malaking bahagi ng gastusin sa pagkakasakit sa COVID-19 ay hindi shouldered ng PhilHealth. Kaya sa aming cases na na-monitor, talagang nagshe-shell out ng pera ‘yung teachers, naglo-loan upang pambayad sa kanilang hospital bills,” said ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio.

Basilio speculated that it’s most likely the virus came from parents of students with COVID-19. Due to this, more than a hundred teachers are now in isolation areas. He noted that there are already six teachers who passed away due to the disease.

ACT also expressed dismay over the Department of Education’s (DepEd) recent statement apparently blaming teachers for giving too many activities to the students.

The group said that the teachers are just complying with the guidelines of the modules DepEd produced and it’s indicated in the modules to give students at least five activities per lesson.

It added that some teachers opted to “self assess” and chose not to follow the guidelines provided by the DepEd Central Office with regard to the modules in order for students not to be bombarded with loads of activities to answer.

“Kaya nga po ang mga ginagawa ng teachers ngayon ay nagse-self assess hindi na po nila sinusunod ang guidelines ng DepEd central office kasi nakikita nila hindi talaga kakayanin ng mga bata ang maraming activities,” said Basilio.

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