Bakuna muna! Duterte: No resumption of classes without vaccine vs. COVID-19

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would not risk the lives of students without the vaccine just yet.

In a late televised address on a late night of Wednesday, Duterte said the classes will remain suspended in the country until a vaccine is made available to protect the people.

“It spells disaster," Duterte said.

“I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit dikit ‘yang mga bata. Bahala nang hindi na makatapos. For this generation walang makatapos na doktor pati engineer,” he added.

Duterte said no need to discuss the opening of new school year due to the magnitude threat of COVID-19 in the country.

“Wala nang aral, laro na lang unless I am sure that they are really safe. It’s useless to be talking about the opening of classes. Para sa akin, bakuna muna,” the president said

Earlier, the Department of Education announced that the next school year will officially open on August 24 and end on April 30, 2021.

DepEd, on the other hand, clarified that resumption of classes did not mean students would need to go back to the classrooms as social distancing would be implemented.

“I think by the grace of God we will have the vaccine before the end of the year so mag-asa na lang tayo sa mga marunong," Duterte said.

"They are feverously working on it. ‘Pag nandiyan na yan, ako na ang magsabi labas na,” he added

DepEd also stressed that it is open to adjust and considers online learning as a viable option.

Some lawmakers also agree to postpone the class resumption unless a vaccine against the virus is made available.

"The (DepEd) should postpone the resumption of classes this year instead of resorting to virtual classrooms which would only prejudice students who are not equipped with e-learning gadgets and could not afford to have any internet connection," Ang Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong said in a statement.

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