The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday that the classes for the next school year may start in August 2020 instead of June due to the threat of COVID-19.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said that the decision was based on the consultation of the department to different advisers, officials, sectors, teachers, and other stakeholders.
“Tinatanong namin anong sa palagay nila ang tamang panahon na magbukas ng eskuwelahan. Right now ang lumabas sa ating consultations ay karamihan… para sa August,” she said.
The Deped also conducted an online survey to get the opinion of the public about their preferred schedule for the opening of classes. Most of the responses among 700,000 respondents suggested for August.
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She also mentioned that they are taking into consideration the time needed to prepare changes in curriculum, means of teaching and learning, as well as the safety of the education facilities.
However, DepEd still encourages students to continue their learning in June as they offer them to utilize DepEd Commons, an online educational platform supporting alternative learning modalities amid the enhanced community quarantine.
DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan explained that the August opening of the school year does not mean that the students will have to go back to school physically and engage in face-to-face interaction.
He said that the decision on students’ physical attendance in classes will depend on the discretion of the Inter-Agency Task Force.
“When we say we are opening the school year by probabaly by August, it does not necessarily mean ang mga bata ay pupunta sa paaralan. Depende ‘yan sa kung ano ang mapagdesisyunan ng IATF,” he said.
The opening of classes for the next school year is still not yet final unless DepEd issue an order.
Source: GMA News
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