Bill allowing the start of classes beyond August, now for PRRD’s signature – The decision is now in Malacañang whether to pass or not the bill that will allow President Rodrigo Duterte to reschedule the opening of classes at any date beyond August.
Watch: DepEd Secretary Briones Statement Presentation on the Opening of Classes
Senate Bill No. 1541 was adopted and approved on final reading by the House of Representatives on Thursday, making it an enrolled bill. The proposed measure seeks to amend Section 3 of RA 7797, or the “Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from 200 Days to Not More Than 220 Class Days.”
Under the existing law, the school year for basic education in the country may open as early as the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.
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The bill will give the President, upon the recommendation of the Education Secretary, the authority to reschedule the date for the opening of classes in the entire country or selected areas during a state of emergency or state of calamity.
It covers all basic education schools, including foreign or international schools in the Philippines.
Several lawmakers still pushed the bill, despite the DepEd’s announcement that classes will open on August 24.
Read: DepEd teachers will continue working from home untill issuance of the new guidelines
The DepEd earlier assured that face-to-face interactions would not be allowed in most schools when the classes start in August.
Meanwhile, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones also said that it’s up for the parents whether they will enroll their children or not.
Watch the secretary’s statement: DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones Statement on the Enrollment Decision of Parents
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to support and funds the Department of Education (DepEd) as it pursues alternative learning methods to reach learners amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Read more: Different Learning Modalities
Bill allowing the start of classes beyond August, now for PRRD’s signature
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