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Private Schools Sector “Ready” To Open Classes on August 24, Council Says

PRIVATE SCHOOLS – The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) confirmed their readiness for the August 24 class opening.

The classes in schools are among those that were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Several suspensions took place before due to the increasing cases of coronavirus in the country.

Now, it is already a protocol that you must wear a face mask when going outdoors and the practice of social distancing must be observed. Many people even wear face shields for protection.

Initially, the Department of Education (DepEd) moved the opening of classes to August 24. The school year usually starts in June if not because of the COVID-19 pandemic now.

Private Schools Sector COCOPEA
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Instead of having it in May, the enrollment in the elementary and secondary schools was held in June. It was a month-long and the enrollment was in a remote scheme.

Yesterday, a new announcement was released by the Department of Education (DepEd). Instead of the August 24 school opening, the start of the school year in elementary and secondary schools was moved to October.

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Following the new announcement from the public school sector, the COCOPEA confirmed that the private schools’ sector is ready for the August 24 class opening. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, they “sought different innovative approaches to support learners’ education continuity”.

According to COCOPEA, there were even some private schools that have already began their school year last July 2020. Based on the report, the Council asked DepEd to make clarifications on whether or not private schools are mandated to also move their class opening to October.

COCOPEA made an appeal to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to permit them to open classes on initial class opening schedule. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the President gave a go signal to the deferment. The Education Secretary said that those schools that have already opened their school year may continue.

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