Face-to-Face Classes Expansion in NCR Starts

Update on Face-to-Face Classes in Metro Manila

FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES – More schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) are now conducting face-to-face class sessions.

The field of education in the Philippines is one of those greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than a year now, many students are still under blended learning – they are taught through online classes or modules so they don’t have to be at school.

The Department of Education (DepEd) did not consider an academic freeze in the Philippines. Instead, students were allowed to choose whether they will be getting learning materials from time to time or attend online classes. The teachers also had to adapt to the new setup.

For several months now, many students surely wait for the return of the face-to-face classes. Many students admitted struggles in internet connectivity and several other factors that affect the learning process.

DepEd Face-to-Face Classes
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On the part of the Department of Education (DepEd), they are visibly taking the steps slowly as the COVID-19 pandemic is still present in the country. Meanwhile, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the expansion of the face-to-face classes has started in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Pio del Pilar Elementary School in Manila and Villamor Senior High School are among those that resumed the face-to-face classes. Based on the report, DepEd-NCR Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral said that the return of the said mode of classes in the region was “generally smooth”. Currently, they still do not have the exact number of schools that were added as part of the expansion.

DepEd is hoping that the educational field in the country is leading towards the new normal phase already. Part of the new normal phase is the conduct of both in-person and home-based learning. The schools outside the region may also start the expansion phase based on their readiness.

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