Aiko Melendez questions DepEd plan allowing unvaccinated teachers in face-to-face classes | Inquirer Entertainment
Close  

Aiko Melendez questions DepEd plan allowing unvaccinated teachers in face-to-face classes

/ 01:08 PM September 21, 2021
Aiko Melendez

Image: Instagram/@aikomelendez

Aiko Melendez has opposed the Department of Education’s plan which allows teachers to participate in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently approved the conduct of limited in-person classes in areas that are at low risk for COVID-19. Given this, DepEd announced that teachers below 65 years old who do not have comorbidities can join the pilot run for face-to-face classes whether they have been vaccinated or not.

ADVERTISEMENT

Melendez appeared to be in disbelief over the DepEd’s plan. She described it as an “experiment” through her Facebook page yesterday, Sept. 20.

“Am I reading and understanding this right?” the actress asked. “Ano na namang experiment po ‘to DepEd?” (What kind of experiment is this again, DepEd?)

FEATURED STORIES

She also questioned why unvaccinated teachers are being considered for the pilot run of in-person classes, pointing out that they would be more exposed to the coronavirus once students move back to classrooms.

“Bakit ‘di po need ng teachers na ma-vaccine po? Eh sila ang mauuna na ma-expose sa face-to-face class sa mga bata,” she said.  (Why do teachers need not to be vaccinated? They will be the first ones exposed to the children in face-to-face classes.)

Melendez also earlier opposed the government’s plan on face-to-face classes, which will be held for kindergarten and grade 3 students.

According to Melendez, students should only have face-to-face classes if vaccines are already accessible to children. She also hoped schools would continue to hold online classes and wait for the number of COVID-19 cases in the country to go down.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained that vaccination is not yet “mandatory, but voluntary.” Still, she believes a significant number of teachers have already received their COVID-19 jabs.

DepEd has not yet given an exact date for the start of pilot classes but it will be implemented in 100 public schools. The department is also reviewing 20 private schools based on “preparedness.”

As per the approved guidelines for face-to-face classes, kindergarten classes will have 12 students while Grade 1 to 3 classes will have 16 students. JB

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORIES:

Pokwang, Ogie Diaz, Aiko Melendez oppose plans for face-to-face classes: ‘Kayo-kayo na lang!’

Angel Locsin on Harry Roque lashing out at doctors: ‘Bakit n’ya sinermonan?’

The hottest entertainment news straight to your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Aiko Melendez, DepEd, online classes, Teachers, vaccinations
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our entertainment news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.