According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, parents will make the final decision if they will allow their children to continue their education in the upcoming school year 2020-2021.
She also said that the enrollment for the next school year will be voluntary and they will respect the decision of the parents.
“We try to give them as much information as possible, so they will be in a better position to decide,” Secretary Briones said in an online press briefing.
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She also said that the Department of Education (DepEd) is preparing various options or learning modalities that would allow the school year to proceed without necessarily requiring students to go to school and engage in face-to-face interaction.
These distance learning alternatives include using printed modules or delivering educational content through technology, such as internet, television, or radio.
“Parents will decide whether they will keep their children for several months – maybe 10 months at the very least – or take advantage or utilize the various options that DepEd is offering so that education of the children can continue,” she said.
The Education Secretary also mentioned that their position is not in conflict with that of President Duterte, who said that he prefers to have a vaccine first before allowing classes to resume.
“Obviously what he is referring to is the physical or face-to-face handling of classes,” Secretary Briones said.
“We in DepEd also say that we will not allow holding of physical or face-to-face classes not just in areas where it is risky, but also in those that would not be able to comply with the standards of the Department of Health (DOH),” she added.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) also expressed their support for the position of President Duterte that face-to-face classes should only be allowed when a vaccine for COVID-19 is available.
“We would like to reiterate the position of the DOH that face-to-face classes should remain suspended while we still don’t have a vaccine,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
USec. Vergeire also noted the difficulty in ensuring physical distancing in all parts of the campus, which is part of the minimum health standard requirements in allowing face-to-face classes.
DepEd: Parents have the final decision to enroll their children
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