/ 17 November 2022

THE ALLIANCE of Concerned Teachers expressed doubt that learning recovery can be achieved with the half-baked implementation of face-to-face classes.

The group decried the problems that hounded teachers and schools such as classroom shortage, lack of furniture and modules.

In its assessment of the two-week implementation of full face-to-face classes, ACT said that there was no safe and orderly back-to-school experience for teachers and students.

The group shared that it received 85 reports on severe classroom shortage, forcing some schools to hold classes in hallways, bleachers, stage, tents and halved classrooms. Teachers complained that the heat and noise in these makeshift classrooms make it hard for the learners to focus on their lessons.

“If our government officials think that learning gaps can automatically be addressed once the students set foot in school, they are wrong. The Marcos government’s band aid solutions failed to give our learners a safe and orderly back to school as decades-old shortages in education due to state neglect remain unresolved and bogs learning recovery down,” Vladimer Quetua, the group’s chairperson, said.

“How to actually bridge the learning gaps without a sound and evidence-based education recovery program and in a less than ideal setting is a monumental challenge that teachers are left to tackle, while they themselves have been loaded with more teaching and ancillary duties. For one grading period, our teachers have taught in classes with learners who hardly spoke and performed poorly in tasks and tests. It is obvious that there is a wide gap between what they have already learned and what is in the lesson menu for their current grade, and it shows in their grades for the first quarter of the school year,” Quetua added.