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Only fully vaccinated students can join face-to-face classes – CHED

Bonz Magsambol
Only fully vaccinated students can join face-to-face classes – CHED

Student athlete from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila, receive their first jab of COVID19 vaccine at the Commission on Higher Education main office in CP Garcia, Quezon CIty, October 20 2021. This is part of the “PADYAK! Para sa Flexible Learning: Sama-samang Vaccination” program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that aims to vaccinate college students. Photo by Rappler

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CHED Executive Director Cinderella Benitez-Jaro says unvaccinated students can continue their education through remote learning

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said on Wednesday, December 1, that only fully vaccinated students could join limited face-to-face classes.

At a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, CHED Executive Director Cinderella Benitez-Jaro said that unvaccinated students can continue their education through the flexible learning system.

“For those unvaccinated or students who can’t participate in limited face-to-face classes, they shall continue to be governed by our guidelines on flexible learning – online and offline modes,” she said.

“Flexible learning” for higher education institutions involves a combination of digital and non-digital technology, which according to CHED, doesn’t necessarily require being connected to the internet. (READ: During pandemic, student climbs a mountain to send class requirement)

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CHED also said only fully vaccinated teaching and non-teaching personnel can join the limited face-to-face classes.

As of November 25, 82.45% of the 290,380 personnel of higher education institutions have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Meanwhile, 45.91% of the 4,007,795 college students have received their vaccination.

For schools to be allowed to conduct the classes, CHED will require them to retrofit facilities to be protective from COVID-19, and to comply with minimum public health standards.

The government’s pandemic task force approved on November 16 the phased rollout of face-to-face classes for colleges and universities.

  • In Phase 1, all regions under Alert Level 2 may apply to conduct limited face-to-face classes beginning December 2021 and onwards.
  • In Phase 2, all regions under Alert Level 3 can apply. The implementation period will be January 2022 and onwards.

Before the approval for all degree programs to participate in face-to-face classes, the CHED previously only allowed certain programs that required hands-on experience, like medicine and engineering.

CHED chief Prospero de Vera III said that the commission was partnering with regional offices, the Department of Health, and local government units to conduct school-based vaccination to fast-track the inoculation of tertiary students. – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.