WITHOUT doubt, the Philippines needs to have quality education to enable the younger generation of Filipinos to be more competitive in the world of business and other fields.
It will be recalled that years ago, then Education Undersecretary Nilo Rosas pointed out that if we wanted quality education, then the people should be willing to pay for it.
At that time, the school owners were asking the government to increase tuition fees to enable them to modernize and expand their facilities for the students.
Today, there is that urgent need to get back on track not only for the local economy but also for the education system.
Various quarters, including members of Congress, now want the resumption of face-to-face classes despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said the resumption of face-to-face classes will enable the teachers to check on the learning progress of the students.
Sotto, In his sponsorship speech on Senate Resolution No. 663, acknowledged that distance learning has its advantages, especially at a time of pandemic, where health and safety are of utmost priority.
But face-to-face learning, he said, is a necessity if we are to develop our students into world-class professionals.
Interrupting education services also has serious long-term consequences for economies and societies, such as increased inequality, poorer health outcomes and reduced social cohesion.
In the view of many, with the start of the vaccination program, baka puede ng magkaroon tayo ng face-to-face classes sa mga lugar na kukunti na ang may COVID-19.