After the announcement made by the Department of Education (DepEd) about the rescheduling of the class opening on the 5th of October; the entire academic calendar was moved and the classes are planned to end on June 16, 2021. Yes, the entire academic calendar has been moved and adjusted and this was due to the decisions made about the welfare and the safety of all students and staff members.
In addition to that, DepEd also said that Christmas or the Holidays Break would start from the 20th of December, 2020 until the 3rd of January, 2021. This will be the standard and it shall be followed religiously; unless, of course, there would be changes again.
Before we discuss that the classes are planned to end on June 16th, let’s discuss a bit more about the other plans of the Education Department.
Iteration of No Face-to-Face Classes
Back on the 6th of August, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones passed the letter of recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte about the reverting of some major regions in the country to the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine or the MECQ.
That being said, Briones said that face-to-face classes would be a no-no. This is to ensure and to guarantee the health and the overall welfare and safety of students, as well as the staff members of schools. With conviction, she said that this will be the final decision in the adjustment of the school reopening.
Private Schools’ Freedom to Start Earlier
Along with that, she also said that this doesn’t change the fact that basic schools in the private sector earlier than the 5th of October, give that they have blended or distance learning ready and prepared; still, there will be no face-to-face classes.
Briones wanted to give all parents the assurance that the enrollment is currently ongoing. She said that as of the moment, the totality of enrollees already reached a staggering 23.3 million which was a lot higher than what they initially expected.
Everyday, patuloy pa rin ang late enrollees. Ibig sabihin ang mga parents ay buo ang tiwala sa DepEd. All systems go tayo for October 5. Mayroong nakaumpisa na, hindi natin ‘yan pipigilan lalo na sa private schools. Sumunod lang sila sa atas ng presidente na sundin ang requirements ng DOH.”
In Translation: Enrollment is still ongoing. This means that the trust of the parents to the DepEd is unscathed. All systems, we will go for the deadline on the 5th of October. If a school already started, we wouldn’t force them to hold back – especially private schools. My only reminder to them is to follow and abide by the rules and regulations set by our dearest President, which is, of course, based on the requirements from the Health Department (DOH).
Any thoughts about the fact that the DepEd plans on scheduling classes to end on June of next year? Is this a safe act?
Source/s: GMA Network