/ 29 September 2021

A STUDENT group from the Bulacan State University called on the school administration to consider its demands to ensure that education will be accessible under the distance learning setup.

The BulSU Student Government asked the administrators to conduct a consultation with the learners regarding its prepared guidelines amid calls for resumption of face-to-face classes.

“This is a call for the rights of the students to a safe, inclusive, accessible, and quality education,” the council said in a letter to Dr. Cecilia Gascon, BulSU president.

“This includes a safe and gradual resumption of classes with comprehensive guidelines and plans, prioritization of mass vaccination for teachers, students, non-teaching personnel, implementation of free and regular mass testing, employment of health and sanitation personnel as we face the adjustments and health concerns brought about the Covid19 pandemic,” it added.

The group also asked the school to enhance its services such as improving the online learners’ portals, processing of online documents and strengthening information dissemination.

“As we deal with the global health crisis while conducting virtual classes and transactions, the need for an improved and better student service must be prioritized,” it said.

“The university administration must recognize the urgent need to improve its online services, actively respond to concerns being raised, and dedicate its resources to giving quality service to its stakeholders,” it added.

Citing that student-athletes and cultural performers fought for the honor and pride of the school amid the pandemic, the student body also urged BulSu officials to ensure their welfare by giving their stipends regularly.

“In venturing to another year of learning under the new normal education, we must not discount the fact that this distance learning brought so many disadvantages and sufferings not only to students but to all the members of the academe,” BulSU-SG stressed.

“Hence, we call for an accessible, quality and inclusive education and services, while simultaneously ensuring safe and health of everyone,” it said.