Bontoc, Mountain Province – With the growing call of students and teachers for the resumption of face-to-face classes, the local government of Bontoc passed a resolution addressed to the Department of Education (DepEd) including the municipality for the piloting of face-to-face classes.
Sangguniang Bayan through Resolution No. 381, S. 2021 requested DepEd Regional Director Estela Cariño, through Mt. Province Schools Division Superintendent Sally Ullalim, for them to include schools in Bontoc in the face-to-face pilot program subject to conditions set by the national government through DepEd, Department of Health (DOH), and the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF).
Based on DepEd Memo No. 071, S. 2021, 120 schools in the country have been permitted to conduct pilot face-to-face classes and none in the Cordillera region is included.
A public consultation was conducted by the local government unit and school heads of the different schools in the municipality, and they were convinced that schools in Bontoc are prepared for the resumption of face-to-face classes while strictly heeding with minimum standard protocols and doing measures that will protect students against the Covid-19 virus.
In a statement made by Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey through Bontoc PIO, he said that modular and online learning have been very useful but as the pandemic is winding down, going back to the traditional classes is a must for the benefit of students.
“Modular and online learning have inarguably been useful during this time of the pandemic, however, as we transition to the new normal in education, we must try to go back to the traditional teaching-learning method in order to maintain and develop student competence,” the mayor said.
The mayor, who was also a teacher prior to becoming a public official, stressed that face-to-face classes are vital in order to develop and enhance students’ abilities not only in academics but also in their social lives.
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