- The Department of Education shared that the Philippines is now the remaining country in Southeast Asia with no face-to-face classes
- Education Secretary Leonor Briones stated that several countries have already implemented “contextualized” face-to-face classes
- According to a nationwide survey, DepEd was able to point out more than 1,000 schools that are ready for face-to-face classes once the President gives approval
The Department of Education shared that among the Southeast Asian countries, only the Philippines has no face-to-face classes.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones revealed that during a DepEd meeting with UNICEF, it was confirmed that the Philippines is now the only one left that continues to implement the home-based learning.
Briones stated, “Tayo na lang ang naiiwan, for example sa Southeast Asia, na ‘di pa bumalik sa face-to-face dahil nga ang nangyari, paglabas ng UK variant, nag-worry ang ating Presidente para sa mga bata sa eskwelahan.”
According to the education chief, the face-to-face classes in other countries are “contextualized,” meaning it depends on their current situation Even amid the ongoing health crisis, many countries have chosen to gradually open their schools for face-to-face classes. “These are limited, not pure face-to-face, depending on the respective situation,” she added.
Last December, DepEd already proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte to implement a pilot program for their face-to-face classes which is limited only to areas with low risk or no cases of COVID-19. However, the proposal that was supposed to rollout last January was stopped due to reports of the new COVID-19 variant.
According to Briones, the agency is just preparing in case the President changes his decision. She said, “We are getting ready because he may soon lift the deferment of this pilot study.”
Based on a national survey conducted by DepEd on the possible resumption of face-to-face classes, they were able to point to more than a thousand schools that are ready.
“We wanted to find out which schools were ready for the pilot testing and there were more than 1,000 schools out of 61,000 that were ready for contextualized face-to-face classes,” Briones asserted.