Malacañang Reveals Pres. Duterte’s Decision on the Proposal of DepEd for Classes in COVID-19 Low-Risk Areas
MALACAÑANG – The Palace confirmed the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) for classes in areas considered as low-risk for COVID-19.
The school year which supposedly starts in June in the Philippines has yet to begin. It is due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is putting a lot of lives at risk right now.
In the country, the Department of Health (DepEd) has recorded 68,898 cases of coronavirus. As of this writing, 23,072 patients have already recovered while 1,835 died of the disease.
Last month, DepEd held remote enrollment. Instead of June, the start of the school year was moved to August 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones spoke on the proposal of the Department for classes in COVID-19 low-risk areas. It proposed limited face-to-face classes.
According to Briones, there will be conditions and assessments of the schools in case it would be approved. One of it is that face-to-face classes may only be done for once or twice a week.
Previously, Malacañang Palace said that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte wanted the limited face-to-face classes to be in written form so it can studied. DepEd submitted the proposal.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Malacañang confirmed that Pres. Duterte approved the limited face-to-face classes in COVID-19 low-risk areas or areas under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
The President gave DepEd the go signal during a meeting with the IATF. According to the Education Department, schools will be assessed from August 2020 until January 2021. It will be checked if the facilities can cater limited classes with the implementation of the health protocols against COVID-19.
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