June 21, 2021

For the F2F dry run, 300 public schools are on standby

If President Rodrigo Duterte authorizes the trial deployment of restricted face-to-face courses this school year, 300 public schools are ready to participate in the dry run.

The number of schools may change depending on the “behavior” of the new virus variants and the assessment of the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, according to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones during the agency’s 123rd founding anniversary online media forum on Monday.

“Umabot ng mga regional director ng 1,900 in-approve. However, according to the Senate, sobrang malaki, so na-reduce to 600 schools (The regional directors authorized 1,900 schools.) However, the Senate deemed it to be too large, so we lowered it to 600),” she said.

DepEd limited the number of schools to 300 to guarantee that they met rigorous criteria such as facility preparedness, local government unit approval, parental agreement, and transportation.

In January 2021, Duterte authorized a trial program for restricted face-to-face courses, but it was terminated when additional transmissible coronavirus strains were discovered.

Briones stated that if authorized, the pilot deployment of face-to-face courses would only take place in regions classified as low risk or under a modified general community quarantine.

Even if the Covid-19 epidemic is over, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said home-based learning would remain an option for students.

“We will realize that learners will be able to study in a variety of methods, not only face-to-face courses. On some days, we will enable learners who want to conduct home-based learning to do so “According to San Antonio.

San Antonio said the DepEd is looking into the learning modules that were reported for faults and is examining self-learning modules that may be reused.

The Department of Education has yet to publish the precise day on which schools will start for the academic year 2021-2022.

On July 10, the current school year will come to a close.

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