DepEd mulls six-day classes for Taal-affected learners to catch up with school year calendar

  • Education Secretary Leonor Briones proposed a modified school year calendar requiring schools in affected areas to conduct classes on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Classes in affected areas will resume on February 3 and will hold a six-day classes every week until April 4 and a Sunday class on April 5
  • However, it is up to the local government units to decide on the recommendation

Make-up classes during Saturdays and Sundays are being eyed for affected learners in Batangas due to Taal’s unrest in order for them to catch up with the school year calendar, the Department of Education said.

Image by Department of Education via Facebook

In a press briefing on January 27, Education Secretary Leonor Briones proposed a modified school year calendar which requires schools in affected areas in the province to conduct classes on Saturdays and Sundays until they meet the required number of school days during the 2019-2020 school year.

“We will be having classes on Saturdays and Sundays. With due apologies to our learners and our students, but in order to have our children graduate on time, they have to comply with the requirements,” Briones said.

The secretary said classes in affected areas will resume on February 3 and will hold a six-day classes every week until April 4 and a Sunday class on April 5. however, the secretary said it is still up to the concerned local government units of the affected areas to decide on the recommendation.

Image by Department of Education via Facebook

It was disclosed that at present, a total of 588,320 students in 1,054 schools remain affected by the Taal Volcano unrest in eight divisions under Region IV-A. A total of 328 schools in the region are still being used as evacuation sites.

According to the education department, the last day of the current school year is scheduled on April 3, which has been adjusted in the modified school year for the affected schools. Graduations and moving up ceremonies may be schedules between April 1 to 6.