Limited Face-To-Face Classes For Tertiary Level – CHED, DOH Sets Rules

Guidelines For Limited Face-To-Face Classes For Tertiary Set

LIMITED FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES – The Department of Health along with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) gave the guidelines for the resumption of face-to-face classes at the tertiary level.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, an entire shift in the educational system was imposed. For over a year, students and teachers were forced to to either do online classes or modular learning. Admittedly, the system had its flaws, but, education needed to continue according to the Department of Education.

But, a year into the pandemic, it seems like the Philippines is gearing up to re-impose the traditional educational platforms. However, these face-to-face classes would be limited and subject to health protocols.

Limited Face-To-Face Classes For Tertiary Level - CHED, DOH Sets Rules
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As such, Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-001 was put into play. With this, students and teachers would get “flexible learning“. According to an article from Manila Bulletin, the DOH and CHED said they:

deemed the most appropriate and safest pedagogical approach during the pandemic, there might be some instances that face-to-face delivery of certain courses is necessary

However, according to CHED, the resumption of these classes would be prioritized for “selected health-related degree programs regarded as vital in providing additional manpower support in the health system”.

As per the article, this includes:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Medical Technology or Medical Laboratory Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health.

But, as stated in the guidelines, face-to-face classes would not be mandatory. Still, it is within the discretion of HEIs to see if they want to conduct face-to-face lectures. They could also opt to disregard face-to-face classes entirely and proceed to do flexible learning.

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