120 schools selected to pilot face-to-face classes

120 schools selected to pilot face-to-face classes

The Departments of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DOH) have agreed to implement the pilot face-to-face classes in 120 basic education schools for the incoming school year, subject to the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said yesterday that this number is higher than the 100 schools recommended by the department during a Senate hearing.

The undersecretary said that 20 schools will be coming from private schools. As of this posting, no private schools have been identified yet.

The DepEd has yet to present this recommendation to the President for approval.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Thursday during the 2022 budget deliberations,  said the DOH and the DepEd were "finalizing the joint issuance" for the conduct of limited face-to-face classes.

The undersecretary said that the joint guidelines will be presented by the DepEd in the Cabinet meeting next week.

Classes for SY 2021-2022 will begin on Monday, September 13. It is still unclear if the pilot implementation will start on the first day of classes should Pres. Duterte approve it.

READ: 2021 Oplan Balik Eskwela starts on Sept. 6

The Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct the National Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 with the theme: OBE 2021: Bayanihan Para sa Ligtas na Balik Eskwela from September 6 to September 17, 2021. The OBE is a DepEd annual initiative to engage agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders in preparation for the opening of the SY 2021-2022.

The OBE is part of the Department's effort to ensure that learners are properly enrolled. It aims to address problems, queries and other concerns commonly encountered by the public at the start of the school year.

All DepEd personnel are enjoined to support this activity to ensure the smooth opening of classes.


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