WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
For the first time in almost two years, the Philippines will reopen in-person classes on Monday, November 15, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has so far approved 100 public schools that will take part in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes starting November 15. These schools are from areas that are deemed low-risk for COVID-19 by the Department of Health.
Twenty private schools will start face-to-face classes beginning November 22, the DepEd said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go signal to allow more schools to join the pilot run.
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DepEd officially welcomes students
In an early morning statement on November 15, the Department of Education officially welcomed students, teachers, and personnel in the 100 public schools involved in the pilot implementation of in-person classes.
“We are happy to see our learners inside our classrooms as we recognize the significance of face-to-face learning in their social development,” the department said.
As COVID-19 cases in the country continue to decrease, the DepEd reminded Filipinos to still adhere to health protocols. They said that with everyone’s help in improving the COVID-19 situation, the goal to reopen more schools nationwide “is not a far reality.”
What will be the ‘new normal’ in PH education post-pandemic?
While the Philippines will be reopening up to 120 schools for limited face-to-face classes in a pilot run approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, millions of Filipino students would likely not experience the same learning setup even after the pandemic.
In a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, October 21, Education Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma said that the “new normal” in education would not be a “purely classroom setup.”
Read more here.
Groups urge gov’t to ‘build confidence’ for safe school reopening
As the government starts a pilot run of limited face-to-face classes for basic education students on November 15, several groups called for more health protection measures to build the confidence of students and teachers of a safe school reopening.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, November 10, the groups listed five demands that should be met by the government to ensure safe reopening of schools. Check out their demands here.
Thirty private schools nominated for limited face-to-face classes
The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday, November 9, that a total of 30 private schools in the country have been nominated to join the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes.
From the 30 nominated schools, the DepEd will select 20 that will join the pilot run.
At a a press briefing on Monday, Education Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma said that virus epicenter Metro Manila have not yet submitted its nominated private schools since the capital region was only placed under Alert Level 2 on November 5. (READ: Will Metro Manila schools be allowed to hold limited face-to-face classes?)
Read more here.