The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) expects the country’s new set of leaders will put significance on bringing back all face-to-face classes, citing the lack of in-person learning’s toll on children.
Outgoing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary mention in his last briefing “The NEDA mandate covers development and for us, education is a foundation of development so I hope this will be taken seriously. The repercussions on the children’s present and future development are very much affected by their ability to learn better,”
Chua noted that only 13.1 percent or 7,939 schools out of a total of 60,473 in the country were already conducting in-person classes or ready for face-to-face instruction, citing the latest Department of Education (DepEd) data as of Feb. 22.
Earlier NEDA computations show a resumption of physical classes could avert ₱11 trillion in productivity losses per year. The country has so far lost ₱22 trillion in the past two years with the absence of in-person classes.
Incoming Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio recently listed the full return of physical learning among her top priorities as education secretary-designate.
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