- Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced that classes will open on August 24, 2020
- However, the health, safety, and well-being of the students are still their top priority while following the guidelines of DepEd and IATF
- She explained that flexible learning options are available which will be made through cellphones, televisions or radios
Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced that August 24, 2020 will be the opening of classes for Academic Year 2020-2021.
“Ang napili nating school opening date ay August 24, pero hindi ibig sabihin na pisikal na lahat pisikal na papasok kase may lockdown naman tayo sa iba’t ibang mga lugar. Pwedeng virtual, pwede ding physical sa mga lugar na ina-allow ang physical na pagbukas ng eskwelahan.”
During an interview, she explained that the decision was consulted and agreed upon by over 700,000 respondents during the meeting with the executive and management committee. She also added that the decision has already been reported to IATF last week.
Briones said the decision they made is in accordance to the law allowing classes to open anytime between the month of June and August.
She clarified that officially classes will start on August 24 and will end on April 30, however the health, safety, and well-being of the students are still their top priority while following the guidelines of DepEd and IATF.
“Gusto nating patuloy ang edukasyon. Ang hirap naman kung tigilan natin ang learning process samantalang nandito ang pandemic dahil ang ating mga kabataan kung nasa bahay ay kailangan patuloy din ang pag-aaral nila, patuloy din ang pag-acquire nila ng knowledge pero mas malaki na ang papel ng mga magulang, mga lola at lolo sa pag-learn ng mga bata,” added Briones.
She admits that the new set up of learning is a very big challenge to the Department of Education, but she also explained that flexible learning options are also available which will be made through cellphones, televisions or radios.
“Napansin namin na ang pinakamalaki para sa mga malalayong lugar ay sa radyo,” she added, after saying they have conducted surveys to know which media will be suitable for different areas.
Aside from adjusting the way of teaching the learners, DepEd will also make adjustments on the curriculum and its content.