13 Aug Senators Urge DepEd To Move Opening Of Classes To October
Mga higala! Senators are urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to postpone the opening of classes this coming August 24 and move it to October, because a lot of schools are still not ready for distance learning and/or online classes!
According to reports, less than half of the country’s 214 school division offices are half-ready to distribute self-learning modules and many schools still lack the capacity to implement online classes.
“Our common and ultimate goal is the protection of our learners. There is no disagreement on that. However, different localities have varying health circumstances, and hence will need varying approaches in the delivery of education,” said Sen. Francis Tolentino in yesterday’s Senate hearing with DepEd.
Tolentino then emphasized that DepEd has the authority to move the set opening to a later date, as stated in the newly passed Republic Act No. 11480.
Moreover, the DepEd can also consider opening schools on a “regional health and connectivity situation basis”, so that schools in or near COVID-19 high-risk areas will not be forced to open.
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