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DepEd Announcement On Face-to-Face Classes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

DEPED – Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones made an announcement regarding the face-to-face classes in schools.

The classes in schools are among those affected by the coronavirus or COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines. Amid the country recording cases of the disease, classes in schools were suspended and actual graduation rites were postponed.

Supposedly, the opening of classes in schools under the Department of Education is June. As early as May, the enrollment takes place and the teachers and students are preparing the schools for a new school year.

However, due to the COVID-19 crisis in PH now, the enrollment was moved to June. It is a month-long enrollment for elementary and high school students with the first two (2) weeks featuring the remote registration.

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Photo Source: Philippine Star

Students and parents need not to go to school for the enrollment. Social gathering is still prohibited as the fight against coronavirus is not yet over.

Recently, DepEd made another announcement in line with the classes in schools amid the COVID-19. In a statement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that face-to-face classes will not be allowed while the vaccine against coronavirus is not available.

Previously, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has expressed his disagreement on opening schools for face-to-face classes amid the COVID-19 crisis. The Education Department previously announced that the classes will open on August 24.

According to the DepEd Secretary, the Department will comply with the directive of Pres. Duterte to postpone classes until a COVID-19 vaccine is at hand.

Briones admitted that it is a “challenging task” to prepare the schools amid the pandemic now. Meanwhile, she assured that they “are committed to our duty to make education available and thriving” even during times like this.

The Education Secretary said that they are already preparing for the blended learning which will make use of the modules and online platforms. Also, a training for the teachers in presenting their lessons through the new platforms is conducted. Here’s the statement:

As of this writing, there are still no further information yet regarding the new announcement. More updates may be posted soon.

READ ALSO: DepEd To Issue Health Standards Against COVID-19 for Next School Year

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