MANILA, Philippines — With the declining number of COVID-19 cases and ease of restrictions in the country, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones is now pressing all public and private schools to return to holding face-to-face classes for the upcoming School Year 2022-23.
“So, right now, ang sinasabi ko 73.28 percent na ng public schools at saka meron ding tayong mga private schools na inu-urge natin, ine-encourage natin na bumalik na sila sa face-to-face.”DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones
(So, right now, I’m saying that 73.28 percent of public schools and there are also private schools that we urge and encourage to return to face-to-face.)
“By June, which is already a few days away from now, sa next academic school year, ine-expect natin na fully 100 percent na ang pag-implement ng face-to-face,” she added.
(By June, which is already a few days away from now, in the next academic school year, we are expecting to 100 percent fully implement face-to-face classes.)
Meanwhile, DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio explained that DepEd is eyeing a blended setup wherein there are days when students will physically be present in school and some days when students will be allowed to learn at home.
“Ang ibig pong sabihin natin ay hinihikayat na natin ang lahat ng paaralan na magsagawa ng face-to-face classes pero ang tinitignan po namin na blended, may face-to-face na mga araw, at may araw na papayagan na nasa mga bahay pa rin natututo ang mga bata.”DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio
(This means that we are encouraging all schools to conduct face-to-face classes, but we are looking at a blended setup, there are face-to-face days, and there are days when they are allowed to have lessons at home.)
Since 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 case in the country, all schools have utilized modular and online classes. Only this year that DepEd allow the gradual resumption of in-person classes.