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The Department of Education proposes that limited F2F classes be expanded.

An education official said Friday that the Department of Education (DepEd) would recommend and “actively push” for the extension of limited face-to-face classes.

DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the pilot run of limited in-person lessons in select public and private schools in locations with low risk for the coronavirus was “extremely effective” in a televised public briefing.

“Hinihintay nalang natin ‘yung ating pagpupulong with DOH [Department of Health] on the Covid outlook,” he said, “but overall, our consolidated report that we’re set to submit to the Office of the President ay naging matagumpay ‘yung ating (We’re just waiting for our meeting with DOH on the Covid outlook, but overall, our consolidated report that we’re set

Apart from the evaluation, Malaluan said the department surveyed the kids, instructors, and parents who took part in the pilot run, and the results were good.

“We evaluated for overall attendance of the participants, which was 83 percent overall, feeling of safety ng mga bata at saka ng mga magulang, mga guro, ay mataas din ang kanilang (of the learners, parents, and teachers, whose high) feedback in the 90s level of the respondents, they felt safe during the conduct of the pilot face-to-face, and satisfaction with the implementation of health and safety protocols,” he said.

Learners, parents, and teachers all believed that face-to-face lessons contributed to excellent learning.

Because of the increase in Covid-19 cases, several parents and teachers are questioning if DepEd will continue to expand the limited in-person training.

Because many of their students and teachers are experiencing flu-like symptoms, some schools, particularly those in the private sector, have announced an academic break.

While the DepEd is aware of the schools that are on academic break, it has yet to furnish the overall number of schools because the mandatory reports on the suspension of classes have not been combined.

“Ang isang naapektuhan ay’yung expansion phase nitong face-to-face classes, based doon sa naging liham sa atin ng DOH na sana (The expansion of this face-to-face classes is affected, based on the DOH’s letter to us),” Malaluan added.

After a meeting with the Department of Health on Monday, he noted, the DepEd would produce a detailed plan for expanding face-to-face classes.

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