Group calls on DepEd to release data on COVID-19 positive teachers

The Teachers' Dignity Coalition (TDC) on Saturday, August 7, called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to release data on the number of teachers positive for coronavirus.

"We need the data from the DepEd, because it will help us to analyze the situation and to properly respond to it," said TDC national chairperson Benjo Basas in a statement Saturday.

Basas said that there are reports "many teachers and DepEd employees have been infected with COVID-19."

“Some of these reported or even confirmed cases were attributed to the teachers’ physical reporting in their workplace. How can we convince the public that the system is ready for August 24 opening, when in fact, many of our teachers fear the possible contagion?” Basas said.

Basas said that just like the Philippine National Police (PNP), DepEd should routinely release the number of teachers who test positive of SARS-CoV-2.

Schools will open on August 24, which would be conducted via distance learning either through online classes or self-learning modules (SLMs).

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas but only starting 2021.

TDC Metro Manila president Nono Enguerra tested positive for coronavirus along with 4 other colleagues after physically attending a meeting to prepare for the August 24 opening.

"Medyo maayos naman na ako, may konting ubo na lang. Pero sabi sa akin ng doktor hindi na raw ako ite-test kung negative na sa virus. Basta pag nawala na ang symptoms, automatic daw na recovered na," Enguerra said. 

(I'm feeling slightly better, I just have coughs. But I was told by the doctor that I will no longer be tested to see if I'm negative for the virus. I was told that if I'm no longer showing symptoms, then I am automatically a recovered patient.) – Rappler.com