Navotas Mayor asks DepEd to automatically pass all students this school year

MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco has requested the Department of Education (DepEd) to automatically allow all students to get a passing mark this school year and stop them from going to school.

Navotas Mayor asks DepEd to automatically pass all students this school year
Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco seeks help from DepEd to pass all students amidst COVID-19 scare | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Toby Tiangco

He said on Super Radyo dzBB interview that with only weeks before the school year ends, it's best to not let students go to school anymore due to the fears of the spread of coronavirus.


Mayor Tiangco said, “Ako ay nakiusap sa DepEd na kung puwede ipasa na lang lahat ng mga bata for this school year… para wala nang pasok for the rest of the year."

Tiangco said students should just stay at home than take the risk. He added, "Mas importante naman ho siguro ‘yung buhay ng mga bata kaysa ‘yung ituloy pa nila ‘yung two or three weeks ng pag-aaral."

Tiangco suggested that teachers can just use the students' average grades for the past quarters as their final grades.

"[M]ay general average naman 'yung mga bata as of this time, so baka naman pwe-pwedeng kung ano 'yung general average nila, 'yun na lang ang maging grado nila," he said.

Tiangco said that while education is important, safety of learners is now their main concern due to current health advisories.

"Ang gusto ho natin is 'yung maging safe... doon tayo sa mas safe diba po? Alam niyo naiintindihan ko, importante [ang] aral, importante 'yung grado, sa isang taon meron pa'ng pag-kakataon, eh," Tiangco added.

The local government of Navotas declared on Saturday the cancellation of classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, on Monday, March 9.

But Tiangco clarified that there was still no resident with confirmed COVID-19. According to him, it was part of the preventive measures being taken by the city against the COVID-19.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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