Statement of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones on Dry Run of Face-to-Face Classes
DEPED SECRETARY LEONOR BRIONES – The Secretary of the Department of Education spoke on the dry run of face-to-face classes in January 2021.
The school calendar and the way education is delivered to students in most schools are among the things affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Philippines, the school year has not started in June, the usual start of classes in elementary and secondary schools.
Instead of June, it was initially moved to August and then moved further to October. With regards to the mode of teaching, face-to-face classes are currently not implemented due to the threats of the disease.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the blended learning is adapted for the safety of the students. They learn through modules and online classes instead of being taught face-to-face in schools.
Recently, the Department of Education (DepEd) proposed a dry run of face-to-face classes in January 2021. It gained the approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque who announced the decision of the President, the schools will be those in low risk areas and the students’ attendance is voluntary. Parents must sign a permit if they allow their children to be part of the dry run.
The dry run of face-to-face classes will be implemented for a month. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones recently spoke on the approved proposal.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones stressed that studies show that the “lowest threat” of COVID-19 is in schools while the highest is in the home.
“Ang malaking posibilidad ay sa homes, kasi that is where they spend most of their time and other places,” she said at the Laging Handa public briefing.
According to the report, the DepEd Chief said that parents have very important roles in the dry run of face-to-face classes. According to her, they need the cooperation and consent of the parents.
“Mahalaga ang papel ng mga parents dahil uuwi naman iyong mga bata sa school at wala naman tayong control kung ano ang sitwasyon sa loob ng mga bahay ng mga bata,” she expressed.
The schools where the dry run would be implemented have yet to be announced. More updates may be posted soon.
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