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Groups continue to call for and against academic freeze

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has stressed once again that an academic freeze, which it referred to as a “populist position that is not popular”, would not be beneficial for learners and would only create delays in their learning progress.

“It does not take into consideration the adjustments that would have to be made for the succeeding school year if we continue to prolong the already four months of interruption of the learning process for this school year,” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.

The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) said it would only delay problems and would have a negative effect on children.

Youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK), on the other hand, expressed that an academic freeze would help unprepared teachers, parents, and students.

β€œAn academic freeze would buy valuable time for the necessary reforms to be made in order for a safe reopening of classes and greater capacity for distance learning methods,” it said.