For better or worse, online classes became part of the new normal to continue teaching and learning activities while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. As to whether online classes can be held at Metro Manila schools, teachers don’t think so because of slow internet.
About 88% of the 9,254 teachers surveyed by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers — National Capital Region Union responded with “No” on whether their school internet can accommodate all teachers assigned to conduct online classes simultaneously.
Teachers hired by the Department of Education gave a similar sentiment regarding internet access in August 2021.
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Vladimer Quetua, president of the ACT-NCR Union, said his union brought up the issue given that DepEd in Memorandum No. 29 Series of 2022 has mandated all teachers for on-site reporting in areas under Alert Level 1 beginning April 18.
Besides slow internet, Queta also pointed out health risks and transportation issues that teachers may have to deal with while complying with the memorandum.