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DepEd Announced That There is No ‘National’ Academic Health Break

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that they will not declare a ‘national’ academic health break.

The Department of Education has granted local officials the authority to determine whether or not to stop classes in their individual districts. On Friday, January 14, the Department reaffirmed that no national academic health break would be declared.

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Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan told the “Laging Handa” public briefing that declaring academic or health vacations for all schools statewide is no longer discussed. He said that, in light of the current circumstances, the authority has already instructed the regional and school division offices to cease classes and teaching-related activities.

When asked if DepEd may proclaim statewide health or academic breaks, Malaluan said, “Not nationwide.” There are two parts, according to him: the recurrence of academic ease measures to relieve the pressure on instructors and pupils, and the authorization of class suspension for a maximum of two weeks.

Meanwhile, Malaluan stated that the Department of Education (DepEd) is already monitoring data from regions that have proclaimed class suspensions. He stated that they will be getting those reports and combining them.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has issued a show cause order against the University of East (UE) for allegedly disobeying his health break order. The show cause order was issued after the institution reportedly disobeyed the local government’s week-long “health break” for all classes across the city, according to the Manila Mayor.

The ban will last from January 14 through January 21, 2022, and will affect both public and private institutions at all levels. It also includes both in-person and online courses.

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