- Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV suggested that the school opening be scheduled in January 2021
- He made the suggestion to the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education “in light of the uncertainties and anxieties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic”
- He said private schools, colleges and universities may proceed with the scheduled class opening as long as they implement a full online class
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV proposed that the opening of classes in public elementary and high schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs) be scheduled in January 2021.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Trillanes suggested to delay the resume of classes to protect the learners and give ample time for school officials to prepare.
“In light of the uncertainties and anxi
eties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am respectfully urging DepEd (Department of Education) and CHED (Commission on Higher Education) to reconsider their declaration of Aug. 24 opening of classes, and consider the following policy proposals in relation to the opening of classes,” Trillanes said in a statement.
Trillanes, now a professor at the UP College of Public Administration and Governance, suggested that public elementary, high school and state universities and colleges should open in January 2021. However, he said graduate schools may opt to resume in August 2020 as long as they implement full online courses.
He added that private elementary and high schools may continue with the scheduled class opening provided that they implement full online classes only. Same thing goes for private colleges and universities and should not hold laboratory classes.
“Congress may pass a joint resolution to this effect to suspend Section 3 of RA 7797,” Trillanes stressed. The act he is referring to stated that “the school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.”