MANILA, Philippines – The current system in announcing class suspensions in elementary and high school is “quite clear,” if Malacañang is to be asked.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the confusion over the new system, where the local government units, not the Department of Education, is now determining whether classes are held or not, could be due to a “learning curve” for those involved.
This comes as classes were suspended in numerous parts of Metro Manila and Central Luzon due to heavy rain and flooding, leaving students, educators, and parents confused over who should be declaring a suspension.
Under the new system, LGUs have the discretion to suspend classes in elementary and high school, a task once done by the local DepEd division offices.
This took effect after Malacañang released Executive Order No. 66 back in January 9.
The said order clarified that in the absence of typhoon signals, suspension of classes in both public and private schools may be implemented by LGU officials in their capacity as chairpersons of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC).
LGU officials are expected to announce cancellation of classes not later than 4:30 am for whole day cancellation, and 11:00 am for afternoon class suspension.
A school head may only cancel or suspend classes in cases where urgent action is needed.
The said EO also covers suspension for work in government offices.
“The LGU… would have the discretion to [suspend classes] and maybe it’s a matter of informing the parents a little early. [It] depends on the assessment of the LGUs, so we will just have to improve the system,” Lacierda told reporters on Monday. – Rappler.com
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