Artwork by Ru Casanova/ The LANCE.
While most students and teaching staff are privileged enough to establish a WiFi connection at their homes, some do not have the same resources.
There are also students who went home to their provinces before the imposed lockdown in Metro Manila that is now having a hard time with their internet connectivity.
Some are also not fortunate enough to have their own laptop or desktop computers; they depend on computer shops or internet cafes. But this is impossible due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that resulted in a metro-wide community quarantine encouraging everyone, especially students, to stay at home.
While we understand the need to continue educating students online, the Colegio must also consider those who are not ready for the new setup.
Online setup can only be effective if all students share the same availability of technological devices and stable internet connection. Otherwise, learning will not be equally delivered to all.
The Colegio may be a private institution but not all students share the same status in life.
However, a decision has already been made. Earlier today, March 20, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Cristina Cabral, Ph.D., issued a memorandum stating that the Colegio shall not suspend online classes and instead, encourage everyone to adopt the alternative methods of teaching and learning.
Shortly after the memo was posted, the #SuspendOnlineClassesLetran trended on Twitter. Students and alumni, shared their dismay over the decision that lacks understanding of the current situation and of the students.
While we appreciate the Colegio’s move to extend its effort in keeping the students educated during the quarantine period, there should also be alternative activities for those who have limited access to the internet.
To our school administrators, hear us out and help us get through this sudden change.
Help us by extending deadlines of online activities and by being considerate to those having a hard time with the new setup.
Please understand that for some, internet access is a privilege.
Perhaps, consider suspending online classes and give teaching staff ample time to carefully plan effective alternative learning activities for the students.