Private schools welcomed Wednesday the advisory issued by the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime to protect children using video conferencing services for online classes.
The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), which serves as the unifying voice of private education in the country, welcomed the advisory issued by the DoJ Office of Cybercrime dated Sept. 22.
“We welcome and support the DoJ advisory on the conduct of online classes using video conferencing service,” COCOPEA Managing Director Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada said.
This, Estrada added, is consistent “with the school’s built-in obligation to maintain a safe and secure learning environment while students are under its supervision, instruction, and custody which now expands to online or virtual learning.”
Estrada added the advisory issued by the DoJ-OOC “supplements the individual policies of private schools” in place in compliance with various laws which include the Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act; RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act; RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act; RA 10627 or Anti-Bullying Act, RA 9995 or the anti-photo and video voyeurism law, and RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.
COCOPEA is composed of more than 2,500 educational institutions in the country and most of its member-schools started offering classes as early as July through online learning.
Following the deferment of the Aug. 24 school opening, the Department of Education announced that private schools and other non-DepEd schools will be allowed to continue or proceed with their school opening prior to the Oct. 5 nationwide opening of classes.
DepEd said that “private or non-DepEd schools that have already started their classes, or are scheduled to start classes on Aug. 24 or on other dates ahead of Oct. 5, are allowed to proceed provided they are strictly using only distance learning modalities and that there are no face-to-face classes.”
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