A deeply concerned parent wrote an open letter addressed to DepeD Secretary Briones expressing her sentiment with regards to the announcement that schools will open this year amid the covid pandemic circulates online.
The author introduced herself as Maria Fema Duterte, wrote:
“I am speaking as a parent / teacher, Hindi pwedeng neutral lang o wala tayong kibo sa gusto ng mga DepEd officials. Buhay ang pinag-uusapan dito.”
Duterte said if local transmission happen while school children or the teachers are commuting or in the streets, that is dangerous. She said we cannot based our decision by the book or the law because it is not written in the book or in our laws who and where the virus infects.
“Kapag nagkaroon ng local transmission habang nasa byahe o daan ang mga anak natin o kaklase nila, sobrang delikado. Even teachers as well. Hindi pwedeng by the book or by law tayo babase dahil hindi nakasulat sa libro o sa batas kung sino at saan makakarating ang virus na yan.”
Duterte cited the need to postpone schooling not because of laziness but because we cannot put the lives of our children, including the employees at risk. Our children she said is God’s gift and we need to take care of them especially that there is no vaccine yet.
“We need to postpone schooling, not because tinatamad tayo, it is because malalagay sa alanganin ang buhay ng ating mga anak, pati ng mga empleyado. At paano tayo magiging matapang e wala namang sinisino ang virus? Sa isang iglap pwede itong kumitil ng buhay. Ang mga anak natin ay regalo ng Diyos na dapat ingatan lalo na’t wala pang vaccine.”
Duterte remarked that our leaders has yet to present a concrete solution until now.
“Wala akong makitang panatag na solusyon na inihahain ng lider natin. Ang weakness nito ay nasa pagitan ng pagpasok at pag-uwi ng bahay ng mga bata. Sa daan, dito mas vulnerable sila sa virus.”
Duterte said we should not clash with covid-19 and insist modern technology. No technology has been found yet to match up with covid-19. Meanwhile, the best way to wait is stay at home not in school.
“Huwag nating banggain si COVID-19 at ipagpilitan ang modern technology. Hindi pa natutuklasan ang technology na tatapat sa kanya. Nasa proseso palang ito ng testing (vaccine). Kailangan lang nating maghintay. And the best way to wait ay sa bahay, not sa school.”
Duterte figured that not all are equipped for online study. Many students will be left behind, creating a wide gap between students who have internet and computer and those who don’t. The same cannot be said of their counterparts in private schools.
“To think na hindi pa capable ang lahat para sa online study. Maraming maiiwan at kapag gano’n, magkakaroon ng gap ang mga batang walang Internet at computer sa mga batang meron. Malamang ang mga nasa private school meron yan. Ang mga guro ay pwedeng gumawa ng mga visual aid, PowerPoint, videos para sa mga topic nila sa school habang naghihintay din ng vaccine.”
Duterte said that all of us are vulnerable. No rich countries did escape covid-19 no matter how modern they are. She appealed to DepEd Secretary not to gamble the safety of our children.
“Everyone of us. Lahat tayo vulnerable. Walang bansa na mayaman ang nakaligtas kahit moderno na sila. Huwag natin isugal ang kaligtasan ng mga anak natin. Magsisisi tayo sa huli lalo na kung nag-iisang anak lang yan.”
Duterte remarked that she is annoyed that all the plans of DepEd are purely intellectual, cognitive and what she called a “punch to the moon”. Hopefully, it is pro-life and pro safety.
“Naiinis akong isipin na puro talino, puro cognitive, at puro suntok sa buwan ang mga plano. Wala akong makitang wisdom mula sa kanila. Pro life sana. Pro safety.”
Duterte remarked that DepEd has been bombarded with questions and complaints because their solution is full of flaws. She said the best solution is to stay at home and wait for the vaccine.
“Napakarami nilang natatanggap na tanong at reklamo dahil maraming flaws ang solusyon nila. The best solution is to stay at home and wait for the vaccine. Walang flaws yan kung prevention ang pag-uusapan.”
Duterte hoped that DepEd officials will understand that education should come secondary.
“Sana po bilang magulang, nauunawaan ng mga DepEd officials na secondary na lang muna ang education ngayon. Mas priority ang buhay ng mga bata.”
Duterte wondered why STAY AT HOME isn’t one of their options? She can’t help but ask if DepEd are protecting some private schools? Income? She asked if DepEd have plan B in case a pupil or a teacher becomes infected?
“Bakit ba ayaw nilang isama sa choices ang STAY AT HOME? May pinoprotektahan ba silang private schools? Income? May ‘plan B’ ba sila kung nagkaroon ng infected na bata at guro? Sagot ba nila ang gastos sa ospital? Maibabalik ba nila ang buhay ng mga anak natin o ng mga guro? Ihahatid ba nila sa bahay ang ating mga anak at susunduin araw-araw.”
So that DepEd will have nothing to think about and create complications, much better.
“Para wala na silang intindihin pa at mag-create ng maraming complications, much better…”
“VACCINE MUNA BAGO ESKWELA!” Duterte said with conviction.
The open letter has gone viral since it was published 14 hours again, generating 10,000+ shares, 13,000+ reaction and 59 comments from netizens.
Source: Maria Fema Duterte