Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said the postponement of the opening of classes would give learning institutions and education authorities more time to prepare for the implementation of blended learning.
Go, one of the lawmakers who pushed for the postponement, said it is also necessary to reschedule the start of classes to ensure the safety of learners and teachers amid the pandemic.
“Gusto lang natin siguraduhin na ligtas at magiging maayos ang implementasyon para hindi na madagdagan ang paghihirap ng mga tao. Buhay at kapakanan ng mga Pilipino ang palaging uunahin natin (We just want to make sure that the implementation [of blended learning] is safe and organized to reduce the people’s burden. We will always prioritize the lives and welfare of Filipinos),” he said.
Go also said moving the class opening to October 5 would benefit students as they would have more time to adapt to the planned shift to a new mode of teaching.
He made the remarks as he acknowledged that some are having a difficult time coping with the health crisis.
“Layunin po natin na masigurong may pantay-pantay na pagkakataong makapag-aral ang mga kabataan, anuman ang kanilang antas sa buhay at asan man silang parte ng bansa, sa paraang ligtas at hindi masyadong pabigat sa kasalukuyan nating sitwasyon (It is our objective to ensure that all students have equal access to education, regardless of their status and location and without compromising their safety amid the current situation in the country),” Go said.