Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Announces PH Government Allows Dry Run of Limited Face-to-Face Classes

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Philippine government allows the dry run of limited face-to-face classes.

On Monday (September 20, 2021), the Presidential Spokesperson announced that the national government has already approved the conduct of a dry run of limited face-to-face classes in selected schools throughout the Philippines.

Earlier, the Department of Education (DepEd) officials announced that 100 public schools and 20 private schools in low COVID-19 risk areas would participate in the dry run of limited physical classes.

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DepEd officials said that the selected schools have passed readiness standards set by the agency and the Department of Health. Stricter health protocols against the spread of the coronavirus disease will be implemented during the pilot test.

Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled the dry run of physical classes earlier this year due to the surging cases of COVID-19 and rise of more infectious variants. He also rejected the proposal in February due to the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Some lawmakers and different groups called for the resumption of face-to-face classes in low-risk areas because the internet access in remote areas remains uneven, which makes studying harder for students.

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The schools in the country have been shut down since March 2020 to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of both students and teachers against the virus.

However, education experts warned the prolonged closures may causes negative impacts to students and may result to learning losses.

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