Teachers call for extension of work-from-home arrangements

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A teachers’ interest group is calling on the Department of Education to extend the work-from-home setup for educators.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) fears that going back to physical reporting to offices would expose them to the risk of contracting of COVID-19.

“We are in the belief that requiring teachers to report to school beginning Monday, June 22 is unnecessary, impractical and will just place them and other people in a health hazard,” the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said in a statement.

“Again, we call on [Education] Secretary Leonor Briones to order the field offices of DepEd from regions to schools to halt teachers’ reporting on Monday and extend the work from home arrangement until physical reporting is necessary and possible,” the group said.

The work-from-home arrangement for DepEd personnel, including public school teachers, ends on Sunday.

Face-to-face classes have also been suspended until the a vaccine against COVID-19 is available. Schools are preparing to use online platforms, printed and digital modules, television, and radio when classes formally start in August.

As of Saturday, 13.2 million learners have enrolled in public and private schools nationwide, according to DepEd data.

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