DepEd Chief Releases Statement Regarding Graduation Rites

Statement of DepEd chief about graduation rites

DepEd Chief Statement – Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones released a statement regarding the graduation rites amid the enhanced community quarantine.

The month of April is usually the time for graduation ceremonies in many schools in the Philippines. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECQ was implemented and the schools days were shortened.

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Because of this current situation, graduation rites are also postponed and the DepEd has already ordered this. “Wala munang graduation ceremonies kasi hindi naman puwede talaga lalo na sa Luzon. Sa Visayas and Mindanao maraming local government ang nag-declare din ng lockdown, so dini-discourage na ‘yun,” the education chief said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV on Monday.

On the other hand, Secretary Briones said that students can still get their school records and certificates “but not necessarily magkita-kita ‘yung mga lola, mga parent at mga teacher.” She also said that the department has been talking with parents and stakeholders regarding the opening of the academic year 2020-2021.

Based on a previous report, DepEd spokesperson Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said that the school opening is still uncertain due to the ECQ. “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,” Sevilla said.

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In line with this, Briones said that they received suggestions to move the enrollment in July or August. However, if this will be moved, it will be done permanently.

Meanwhile, the DepEd Chief said that the education department has been working hard in order to make online classes available to more students all over the Philippines, based on the report.

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