Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) — The government is set to discuss a proposal to allow students inside computer shops, as many of them have no access to internet devices or connection to comply with school requirements for online learning.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, vice chairman of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19, will raise this proposal in the next meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), according to Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday.
Current IATF guidelines ban minors from entering internet shops as a preventive measure against COVID-19.
However, with face-to-face classes out of the window due to the pandemic, a number of students have been struggling to adapt to distance learning, which in some instances require gadgets and internet connection.
“We feel and understand the concerns of both the students and the parents, especially the poor, in this new kind of learning method,” Eleazar said. “That is why the national government, through the NTF on COVID-19 and the IATF are really finding ways to extend all the necessary assistance to them.”
Eleazar said that whatever the IATF decides, the JTF and the police will make sure that the rules meant to protect the public from being infected would be strictly implemented.
The academic year 2020-2021 officially opened on Oct. 5 and will end on June 11, 2021. Initially scheduled to take place in August, the start of classes was moved by the Department of Education as it rejected calls for an academic freeze or postponement of school opening.