DepEd Speaks on Eyed Expansion of Face-to-Face Classes

DepEd Plans To Widen Face-to-Face Classes in Some Areas in PH

DEPED – The Department of Education eyes the expansion of the face-to-face classes in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2.

The education system in the Philippines is one of the fields greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than a year now, classes in elementary and secondary levels are under blended learning. Students get their lessons through modules and online classes.

During the recent graduation ceremonies, the special events that usually gathered a lot of people in schools during the pre-pandemic times were done virtually. Assessments of students learning are also on quite different schemes now in the pursuit to continue the education despite the situation now.

Recently, there were proposals of face-to-face classes in certain areas and there were pilot classes held. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Department of Education (DepEd) wants to expand the face-to-face classes.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones
Photo lifted from Department of Education

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, in her report to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said that the expansion of the face-to-face classes will only cover areas that are low risk for the COVID-19 infections or those under Alert Levels 1 and 2.

Furthermore, the Education Secretary said that the expansion will not be implemented all at the same time. According to her, it will be selective. The implementation is eyed not earlier than the first week of February 2022.

Briones further expressed that the concurrence of the local government units and the consent of the parents will be needed in the implementation of the face-to-face classes. Based on the report, they will take into consideration the stands of the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the LGUs.

The DepEd Secretary said that only vaccinated teaching and non-teaching staff of the schools will be allowed to be part of the face-to-face classes’ implementation.

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