Private schools to pursue online learning in face of Delta threat


The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) has assured that private schools are committed to continue with online learning to keep both students and teachers safe as the country battles the spread of the Delta variant.

COCOPEA Chairman Dr. Anthony Tamayo said online learning has been their main teaching method during the pandemic as they adapt to a “better normal.”

“COCOPEA member-schools are resolved to continue with online learning for this school year. The presidents of the associations that comprise COCOPEA agree that the safety of our students and stakeholders at this time of the pandemic is our paramount concern.”

At present, COCOPEA member-schools are devoting their resources to online learning including teacher training and upgrading of their IT infrastructures. “Online learning allows us to keep both our students and teachers safe while accomplishing our mission of delivering quality education.”

Reports have said that the Delta variant of Covid-19 has spread to nearly all regions of the country with Metro Manila having the highest case count. The spread is occurring just as private schools are opening the new school year this month and September.

“We are also committed to follow health and safety protocols in the workplace as outlined by the concerned government agencies like the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases], Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health and the Commission on Higher Education. We have been strictly enforcing these protocols since the pandemic began. We continue to be cautious and practice vigilance especially now with the spread of the Delta variant,” COCOPEA added.

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