QUEZON CITY Rep. Alfred D. Vargas has filed a resolution seeking a House inquiry into plans for limited face-to-face classes in the country.

House Resolution 2204, filed on Tuesday, directs the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture to look into the proposed implementation of blended and distance learning options, specifically limited face-to-face classes in schools.

The resolution noted the Department of Education’s (DepEd) proposed pilot run of limited face-to-face classes in 120 public and private schools. The classes will follow strict health protocols and will be subject to the approval of the President.

The resolution also noted that concerns have been raised by teachers and educational groups on the need for more technology-based training and support, especially in teaching for senior high school students.

“It is the duty of the government to ensure that quality and accessible education is delivered, and that our graduates are equipped with sufficient knowledge… to take part in nation-building amidst the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic,” said the resolution.

The DepEd said in a House budget briefing Tuesday that they need an additional P37 billion for laptops and internet service allowance to assist teachers in distance learning.

As of Wednesday, DepEd has recorded 26.30 million students enrolled for this school year, surpassing last year’s 26.22 million. — Russell Louis C. Ku