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Opinion

Returning to school

VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Perez - The Freeman

The weekend was crazy. Everyone was just panicking left and right. Last-minute cleaning, arranging, and preparing had to be done by teachers and those in the education sector. Meanwhile, parents and children alike were also rushing to buy the needed school supplies for the academic year. The memory somehow becomes fuzzy after two years of not being able to go to school. It seems like they are trying to find their way around, mixed with excitement alongside anxiety.

I believe the time is already right for schools to reopen again. Students have been stuck at home answering modules on paper with no guarantee of learning at all. Lucky are those who are enrolled in an online setting over synchronous classes. The rest just have to comply with the needed submissions. However, returning to school still has its pros and cons.

OCTA Research group already said there is a possible surge to follow after the resumption of classes. This would be attributed to the mobility of people going around, from home to school and other areas. The Department of Health is having a hard time catching up with the numbers. It seems like many individuals have refused to get booster shots, thinking it is already unnecessary. With how the economy is slowly opening up, who would think that COVID still exists?

But living with the virus has already been taught. We come to another issue on the reopening of schools where mobility would lead to traffic jams. The transport sector is not ready for the surge of passengers who will be availing of their services. There are only a handful of traditional and modern jeeps that will be plying the roads. They will compete with private vehicles thus the highway will once again be slow moving.

We should also not forget that this year is the La Niña season where rains and floods become normal in a day. This brings a ton of hassle to the riding public and risk to lives as well. There is also the problem of the continuous rise of fuel prices which will trickle down to basic commodities. The Filipino is left with no choice but to bear all the consequences and problems in sending a child to school.

The whole new experience of face-to-face classes will definitely bring the child's learning up a notch, no doubt. However, the means of a parent to fulfill this has gotten slimmer by the day as our economy is on the losing end. I fear that even if the government offers free education, more students will be forced to work because the overhead expenses can't be accommodated anymore. Although an aid of some sort was given out, how sure are we that this will be used for educational purposes? The amount is not even worth the long line, let alone petty quarrels. More work needs to be done.

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