Duterte approves limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas

Duterte approves limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a proposal to hold limited face-to-face classes in modified general community quarantine areas classified as having low-risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.

The president said "I'm with you on this one...Okay ako," during the meeting with the government's pandemic task force on Monday night after Education Secretary Leonor Briones presented the proposal.

The education said the Department of Education (DepED) would assess schools from August to January 2021, to see if these have enough facilities to cater to limited classes with the observance of minimum health standards.

"The next is, we were thinking that up to January 2021, during the third quarter, we can start allowing between August and at present, we will be assessing the schools," Briones said.

The education chief stressed that face-to-face classes would only be allowed in select areas for around 1 or 2 days a week.

"We are saying that maybe we can allow limited face-to-face learning but to be strictly regulated in light of present conditions," Briones said to the President.

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