- During the “Handang Isip, Handa Bukas” press briefing, the DepEd Secretary talked about the upcoming opening of classes in public schools
- The current condition of the enrollments in both public and private schools have been discussed
- Also, efforts exerted by the teachers and different groups and individuals extending their help to DepEd have been commended
August 24, 2020 was supposedly the opening of the academic year 2020-2021, but due to the existing situation in the Philippines as well as in many countries around the globe, it was moved to October 5, 2020.
The decision announced by the Department of Education gave more time for the public schools in the Philippines to prepare the materials to be used by the students as they adapt to the new normal in the distance learning set up.
During the press briefing of the DepEd on September 14, 2020 on “Handang Isip, Handa Bukas,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones shared, “It’s like we’re counting the days towards Christmas; 21 days na lang we will be officially opening the academic school year, although we have had private schools who have opened ahead as early as June and we have not stopped them in their endeavors.”
Briones also discussed the current condition of the enrollments in both public and private schools. She said as of September 14, DepEd already recorded more than 24 million learners enrolled for public and private schools.
She also added the enrollment is improving since the “jobs are being restored in places where it is possible.”
“Still, we have not stopped monitoring and encouraging our learners to enroll. We have a policy even before COVID: allowing late enrollment as long as the student can comply with at least 80% of the required learning competencies,” Briones added.
During the press briefing, she also took the opportunity to extend gratitude to both public and private groups who extended their efforts in working hand in hand with the Department of Education for the benefit of the learners.
Also, she commends the efforts of the teachers, “amidst the noise of fa
ke accusations, the teacher is still devoted to the country; the teacher most of all is still devoted to the pupil.“