DepEd Expresses Support to President Duterte’s Postponement of Physical Classes
The Department of Education (DepEd) supported President Duterte’s decision to postpone the implementation of physical classes.
The Education Department backed the postponement of face-to-face classes amid the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the possible transmission of the virus among students and school employees.
However, DepEd will continue to prepare action plans for the possible resumption of physical classes. The department also understand that the government is considering the availability of COVID-19 vaccine.
“We understand that the availability and roll out of vaccines in the country are critical factors for this undertaking, n the meantime, we shall continue preparing action plans for this activity should the President give his approval in the coming months,” DepEd said.
Earlier this week, President Duterte rejected the resumption of physical classes until August 2019 due to the health crisis. The face-to-face classes could be considered in areas with low or zero cases of COVID-19 by August 2021.
The agency said that around 1,904 public schools in the country are subject for the pilot study. However, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that DepEd considers to reduce the numbers of schools to 1, 000 below.
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