Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose in Nueva Ecija province said majority of the students in his diocese have no access to online learning.
He said a survey done by the diocese found out that 70 to 80 percent of the students have no capacity to meet the demands of the proposed online learning system of the government.
The prelate said there is a need to reproduce learning modules. “We will study a system on how to get the modules to our students,” he said.
Bishop Mallari lauded the decision of the Education department to resume the classes in August despite the growing number of new coronavirus cases.
The bishop, who heads the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education of the bishops’ conference, said the resumption of classes is good for the students.
“I am glad that classes will open because it is not healthy for the youth to remain idle in their homes,” he said, adding that school is “good for mental health.”
On June 15, authorities announced that classes will resume in August using a “blended learning system.”
Bishop Mallari urged the public, especially the students, to observe the minimum health safety protocols once classes resume.