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DepEd has this statement about the 2020-2021 academic year

The Department of Education (DepEd) released a statement about the opening of the 2020-2021 academic year which is expected to take place in June.

This year, the closing of classes in most schools in the Philippines happened earlier than the usual because of the COVID-19 outbreak and enhanced community quarantine was implemented.

Regarding the opening of the new school year, DepEd spokesperson Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said in a report of GMA News Online that it is still uncertain if classes will open this coming June. “Lahat ngayon ay uncertain,” she said.

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Sevilla also said that the best scenario being expected right now is that the health crisis would end in May. “Yan ang sinasabi nating milagro, so tuloy ang June,” she added.

On the other hand, the spokesperson said that they have prepared Plan B, C, and D if the situation will worsen. However, they cannot present a concrete remedy yet if Plan A will not work because they are still consulting their stakeholders, especially the regional directors.

“We are saying there are a lot of uncertainties, but the definite thing to do is we need to continue education, and that is continuity of learning,” she said.

Sevilla said that learning is not just focused on having high grades but also acquiring good values, right application, and having competence. She also encouraged students with an internet connection at home to visit DepEd Common where they can learn through educational games during these times, based on the report.

“Puntahan niyo yung DepEd Commons dahil nandito ang mga leksyon ng mga bata at ito ay ginawa na ring angkop sa ating panahon ngayon, parang ginawang games at very interactive. Lahat ng eskwelahan, at isa pang magandang improvement dito ay sinama na namin ang mga private schools,” Sevilla said.

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