Over the past few weeks, the Department of Education (DepEd) has highlighted the sacrifices and resiliency of teachers for the transition to blended learning with tributes and praises on social media.
From reports of teachers forced to stay on a roadside to catch a signal for a DepEd webinar, to an educator who had to climb a hill just so that he could register his students online for the upcoming school year—the education department has praised them all, tugging the heartstrings of many Filipinos.
But while the resiliency of teachers is worth applauding, the DepEd on the other hand should be held accountable for the poor state of education in the country.
With the meager salaries that the government is paying teachers and the technological limits of the Philippines (talk about poor internet connectivity and limited electricity in rural areas), many educators across the country are still in limbo on how they could afford to meet the demands for blended learning.
It is high time that the DepEd stop using empty words to honor the sacrifices and resiliency of Filipino teachers, and actually act on their plight.
The DepEd should use the remaining time it has before the start of classes on Aug. 24 to provide for the needs of teachers—from gadgets to allowances—instead of simply promoting blended learning through public campaigns.
Tributes on social media that highlight the indomitable spirit of teachers should not be left as just tributes but should be a catalyst to demand better conditions from the government—in this case DepEd.
The country owes it to its teachers to make the already difficult transition to blended learning bearable in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and given the weight of the demands that the DepEd expects from them.
After all, the success of the Filipino teacher is not his or hers alone but that of the entire nation.
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