The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought all aspects of life to a halt. All of our activities have either been completely stopped or going on with drastic changes. Education is no different.
The quick spread of the virus forced governments across the world to implement state-wide and nationwide lockdowns. This meant that all education institutions, such as schools and colleges, were shut down. Even nations that didn’t implement lockdowns were forced to close down schools, such as the USA.
However, many nations have announced the re-opening of their schools. This means that students would shift back to in-person learning from online classes taken during the pandemic.
However, the Filipino President has voiced his opposition to this move.
WHAT DID THE FILIPINO PRESIDENT SAY?
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has said that he will not allow schools to reopen in his nation until a vaccine is available for the virus.
During a televised address on Monday, he said that re-opening schools before the vaccine was available was paving the way for a disaster.
“I will not allow the opening of classes where students will be near each other. Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to be talking about opening of classes.”
He added –
“For me, vaccine first. If the vaccine is already there, then it’s okay. If no one graduates, then so be it.”
Compared to other nations, the spread of coronavirus has been limited in the Philippines. There are nearly 15,000 confirmed cases of the virus. Moreover, the death toll nearly 900.
“The coronavirus has not disappeared despite social distancing and it will continue to spread until there is a vaccine,” Amesh Adalja told Al Jazeera.
Adalja is an infectious disease expert at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.
He added –
“We will have a second and even third wave if there is no vaccine.”