Over 80% of public schools 'ready' for face-to-face classes, DepEd says

6/21/2022 2:15:00 AM

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As it continues to implement the progressive expansion of in-person classes, Department of Education said that more than 80 percent of public schools nationwide have been deemed ready for the resumption of face-to-face classes this incoming school year.

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(Photo from DepEd)“Over 80 percent of public schools are compliant with the readiness requirements for face-to-face classes including hand washing facilities [and] proper ventilation,” DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said in a mix of English and Filipino during the Laging Handa public briefing on Monday, June 20.

Malaluan said that the school break can be used to ensure that schools are 100 percent ready before the start of School Year (SY) 2022-2023.“Tinatanya natin na dapat lahat ng paaralan ay may kahandaan na magbukas pero nakabatay pa rin yan sa Covid-19 alert levels at that time (We’re estimating that all schools should be ready to open but that is still based on the Covid-19 alert levels at that time),” Malaluan said.

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As it continues to implement the progressive expansion of in-person classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that more than 80 percent of public schools nationwide have been deemed ready for the resumption of face-to-face classes this incoming school year.In separate advisories, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.By - June 20, 2022 4:57 pm Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte attends the flag-raising ceremony and addresses City Hall employees, thanking them for supporting her administration on Monday, 20 June 2022, a day after taking her oath as Vice President.MANILA, Philippines – Physical distancing in classrooms for schools under Alert Level 1 areas may be eased when the next school year starts in August, an official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Monday, June 20.

(Photo from DepEd) “Over 80 percent of public schools are compliant with the readiness requirements for face-to-face classes including hand washing facilities [and] proper ventilation,” DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said in a mix of English and Filipino during the Laging Handa public briefing on Monday, June 20. Malaluan said that the school break can be used to ensure that schools are 100 percent ready before the start of School Year (SY) 2022-2023. said they will hike prices per liter of gasoline by P0. “Tinatanya natin na dapat lahat ng paaralan ay may kahandaan na magbukas pero nakabatay pa rin yan sa Covid-19 alert levels at that time (We’re estimating that all schools should be ready to open but that is still based on the Covid-19 alert levels at that time),” Malaluan said. Following the onslaught of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country in the early 2020, the national government halted face-to-face classes and resorted to online and modular classes to prevent the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19. Based on the latest guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH), Malaluan said that schools may be allowed to “relax” physical distancing protocols in areas under Alert Level 1 this incoming school year.10, and kerosene by P1. This, Malaluan said, will be among the notable changes in the implementation of face-to-face classes in SY 2022-2023.) His remarks came on the same day Vice President-elect and incoming Education Secretary Sara Duterte at a press conference said, “we are targeting that,” when asked if more face to face classes would be allowed in the new school year.

While DepEd hopes to increase the number of learners who will be allowed to attend face-to-face classes in the next school year, Malaluan said that will still depend on the overall health situation nationwide. Cleanfuel will implement the same changes, excluding kerosene which it does not carry. The outgoing mayor of Davao City vowed to consult various stakeholders as she takes the helm of the Department of Education (DepEd), saying inputs directly from them “will help her come-up with a sound decision. Earlier, DepEd said that it is eyeing the opening of SY 2022-2023 in August. Asked what learning modality will be used this incoming school year, Malauan said innovations from distance learning may still be used.m. “There are very important learning gains that we have seen from the introduction of various remote learning delivery,” Malaluan said. Duterte said she has yet to know which areas in the country need more intervention to improve access to education. Currently, DepEd is also crafting overall guidelines for SY 2022-2023 which will include what learning delivery modalities will be used, among others.m. Aside from Alert Level 1 status, Malaluan said holding in-person classes will depend on schools’ completion of the DepEd’s “readiness requirements,” which include availability of basic health facilities.

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