A federation of teachers on Friday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to strictly prohibit on-site reporting to render tasks that are nonessential and can be done remotely.
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) made the statement after its Metro Manila President Ildefonso “Nono” Enguerra 3rd tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) after physically reporting to school.
According to TDC, Enguerra was asked to report physically to his workplace at Manuel A. Roxas Senior High School in Manila, along with around 30 other teachers on July 14, to accomplish a performance rating and undergo training on the use of Google Classroom.
“After several days, he felt some symptoms of the dreaded disease including fever, cough, sore throat and loss of smell and appetite,” the TDC said, referring to Enguerra, who is now under quarantine in his residence in Marilao, Bulacan.
“A number of teachers from his school also reported the same symptoms. The school is now on lockdown until August 3 for disinfection,” the group said.
Meanwhile, TDC urged DepEd to shoulder all the expenses for the medication, treatment and care of DepEd personnel infected by the dreaded virus.
The group added it received a report that some 20 teachers in Quezon province were put in isolation after being exposed to a colleague who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Last week, the TDC submitted to the DepEd an initial list of school division offices that have jurisdiction over schools that required teachers to physically report to their campuses.
The Education department has stated in a memorandum dated June 24 that teachers are not required to physically report to offices under its alternative work arrangements.
While the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases did not specify educational training, it limits the number of people to not more than 10 for mass gathering in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ). Metro Manila and Calabarzon are under GCQ.
DepEd has yet to comment on the matter and on the number of Covid-19 cases among its teaching and non-teaching personnel.