Mayor Duterte urges educational institutions to confine students in their homes

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DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio called on officials of all educational institutions in the city to keep their students home while doing classes either modular or online, as many of those caught violating quarantine guidelines are students.

The Mayor issued an appeal to all public and private schools, colleges, and universities to keep their students in their residences during class hours after reports showed that most of those apprehended violating quarantine policies are students while some are minors.

In her radio interview with the city-owned Davao City Disaster Radio program on October 26, Duterte-Carpio appealed, “Inyong mga estudyante nagsuroy-suroy. Mga senior high school and college-looking students naggimik, nagsuroy-suroy, nagtapok-tapok. Ilang mga parents siguro nagtrabaho (Your students are just loitering around. Senior high school and college-looking students are just having gimmicks, loitering, and gathering together. Maybe their parents are also working. Do something about your attendance during class hours)”.

Duterte-Carpio said school authorities must impose a policy prohibiting their students to get out of their houses during school hours since the city cannot go after the students who are not attending their classes.

“We won’t run after these students. Please find a way that they don’t loiter around,” she said in the vernacular, adding that non-essential gatherings such as this contribute to the spike of active coronavirus disease (COVID) cases in Davao City, which as of October 25 totaled 837.

She also said the alternative modes of learning were implemented to keep minors and students safe at home and keep them from the COVID-19 threat. She was disappointed to hear reports that some students were not studying at home but were instead caught violating quarantine guidelines during class hours,-Newsline.ph with CIO report

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