#AcademicFreeze petition gains support on social media

    The hashtag #AcademicFreeze went viral after a Change.org petition addressed to the Department of Education (DepEd) surfaced on social media, citing the reasons why the agency should stop the resumption of classes and cancel the school year 2020-2021.

    The petition has already gained more than 200,000 signatories heading to 300,000 target at the time of writing.

    The petitioner named The Ruins pointed out the slow and unstable Internet connection, extra costs for Wi-Fi connection and other educational resources, and the lack of laptops and other similar devices for online classes as the valid reasons for academic freeze.

    “It may not be the best solution, but an academic freeze can be adopted until the digital divide is fully resolved or results of mass testing and curve-flattening are already evaluated empirically,” the petition’s statement read.

    “This will require a flexible academic term, calendar, and curricula to lessen the school days required, lower the number of course requirements, and reduce tuition and other fees usually projected for the use of school facilities,” it added.

    Twitter users retweeted screenshots of conversations from Omegle, where a said she sells her nude photos to strangers in exchange for money.

    A few other students on social media also hope for cash donations under the hashtags #PisoParasaLaptop, # PisoParaSaOnlineClass, and # PisoParasaTuition.

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