The disreputable COVID-19 transformed the entire world from what it was before – especially here in the country. A lot of people saw the modifications as the thing that we need to be mindful of. Jobs and professions started to go digital – as well as the schooling and the education system.
Going back to the directive by President Rodrigo Duterte; he said that he will not allow face-to-face classes unless there’s a vaccine ready for distribution. But a few weeks back, the Malacañang said that they would allow physical classes in low risk areas ONLY.
That said, public schools that would have the requirement to conduct online classes need to know certain rules and regulations about it. One of the things that people need to understand is the fact that uniforms are not required for students to attend their classes.
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Anne Sevilla, Undersecretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) for Curriculum and Instructions Diosdado San Antonio; said that they’re clarifying that they are not requiring students to wear uniforms. This is followed by the “fake news” spreading about requiring students that they should wear a representation of their school in attending online classes.
Wearing of uniforms is not a requirement for public school learners to do distance learning.”
In addition to Sevilla’s statement, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones made a clarification that uniforms are not required. She even cited a time before the pandemic, wearing school uniforms has never been a strict requirement for them.
Even before the pandemic, it is not a strict requirement for public schools to wear uniform (DepEd Order No. 065, s. 2010) to avoid incurring additional cost to the families of our learners.”
DepEd Official Urges Students toWear Uniforms
DepEd Region 7 Director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez said that urging students to wear uniforms is to prevent bullying incidents in classes.
To prevent from bullying na mangyayari, ini-encourage na dahil nasa platform ka na online, puwede lang magbihis ng angkop sa klase.”
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In Translation: To prevent the bullying that could happen, we are encouraging students; because they are in the online platform, they can put on clothes that are appropriate for it.
Wearing Their Most Comfortable
Furthermore, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones even said that students can wear comfortable clothes; however, their appearance should be appropriate for the matter. While they’re not going to be required to wear school uniforms, their attire must be respectful and appropriate.
With face-to-face classes prohibited, learners are welcome to wear their most comfortable and appropriate clothes while learning at the safe confines of their homes.”
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One particular reason why Jimenez calls for the wearing of the uniform is because of the structure of classes. Even if they are to be conducted digitally or virtually, it’s still going to be in a classroom-like setting – all students will be seen.
Set on the 24th of August 2020, classes have been agreed to start via digital or blended learning; this is one way of controlling the spread of the virus. To clarify, uniforms are not required and therefore, students – and parents alike, should not think about purchasing uniforms.
What do you think about uniforms not being required? Do you think that it’s a good way to help in online classes?
Source/s: ABS-CBN News | The Philippine Daily Inquirer
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