CHED eyes limited physical classes in all degree programs in COVID low-risk areas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021   •   145

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is looking into the possibility of expanding the limited face-to-face classes to all degree programs in areas that have low COVID-19 prevalence and high vaccination rates.

“Kung mababa ang risk level, mataas ang vaccination rate, both within the school and within the community, facilities are retrofitted, and local government is on board, then we can now look at the possibility of limited face-to-face in all degree program,” CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III said.

De Vera said they are coordinating with experts on the crafting of the proposed guidelines.

They are looking to start this program in the first quarter of 2022, in time for the opening of the second semester for the Academic Year 2021-2022.

“Ang target naman natin ng high vaccination rate is until December, so we have time to craft the guidelines. So, maybe ang target natin diyan, you know to put it on board is maybe early next year,” De Vera said.

At present, the government is only allowing limited face-to-face classes in medicine and allied health sciences.

It was recently expanded to five other degree programs – Engineering and Technology, Hospitality/Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism/Travel Management, Marine Engineering, and Marine. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

CHED to extend face-to-face learning to all degree programs in low-risk areas

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is looking into the possibility of extending the face-to-face learning system to all degree programs in low-risk areas.

One of CHED’s bases in considering the said scheme is the high vaccination rate of its personnel, wherein 73 percent of its 1,488 teaching and non-teaching staff are already fully vaccinated.

According to CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III, the infection rate among students and personnel has also decreased in schools that initially reopened for physical learning in medicine and allied health sciences courses.

“Pinag-aaralan na namin kung puwedeng payagan ang mga eskuwelahan na mag-limited face to face classes in all degree programs in areas that have very low COVID prevalence and very high vaccination rate,” De Vera said.

Currently, only courses such as medicine and health-allied, engineering, hospitality or hotel and restaurant management, tourism or travel management, and marine engineering and marine transportation were allowed to hold limited face-to-face classes in areas under modified general community quarantine.

More than 300 universities were given the go signal to hold physical classes with 21,000 students and 1,000 faculty members allowed to join the in-person learning.

“Titingnan natin doon sa next batch na mga degree programs kung ligtas pa rin ang mga estudyante at mga guro at baka papayagan din sila kahit na medyo ristricted area pa yung kanilang lugar,” De Vera said.

“Magiging dalawa ‘yung face-to-face, by degree program and possibly by geographical area,” he added.

De Vera further said that even if the holding of limited face-to-face classes in all courses will be approved by the national government, they will still abide by whatever the decision of local governments will be.

CHED said it continues to strengthen its immunization rollout among students and school personnel through the series of vaccination caravan scheduled for the coming days. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

More college programs allowed to hold limited physical classes – CHED

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government has allowed more college programs to resume face-to-face classes, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said.

In a statement, CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera said President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the commission’s request for the expansion of limited in-person learning to other degree programs that require hands-on experience in higher education institutions (HEI) in areas classified under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

De Vera said the following college programs are now allowed to hold limited physical classes:

  • Engineering and Technology programs
  • Hospitality/ Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Tourism / Travel Management
  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Transportation

Prior to this development, only students in medicine and allied health courses were permitted by the government to conduct limited in-person classes.

“The Commission thanks President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the approval of limited face-to-face classes for the said programs in order to contribute to the efforts to boost the economic recovery of the country, as this will directly affect human resource development,” De Vera said.

“Based on the data we gathered on the ground, there is a small percentage of students and faculty members who were affected by COVID-19. I’m convinced that it is safe to hold face-to-face classes and it can be expanded to cover other degree programs,” he added.

De Vera said he is in talks with National Task Force (NTF) chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. for proposals to vaccinate all faculty, staff and students to add “another layer of protection to our face-to-face classes.”

“Some of our HEIs have completed the vaccination of their employees and students. We aim to do it for other HEIs as more vaccines arrive,” De Vera said.

“We assure our students, parents and faculty that holding in-person classes is safe. Our guidelines are strict,” he added.

HEIs intending to have limited face-to-face classes as part of their flexible learning policy may now apply for authority with CHED Regional Offices concerned, De Vera said.

Aside from several college programs, Duterte recently approved the pilot test of face-to-face classes in basic education in selected areas as part of plans to gradually reopen schools amid the pandemic.

Schools have been closed for more than a year and students shifted to flexible learning due to the threat of COVID-19.

CHED allows 73 universities to conduct limited face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has approved the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in 73 universities.

During a virtual public briefing on Wednesday (June 16), CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera III said several universities including the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and the Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) began conducting limited face-to-face classes in January. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte approved limited face-to-face classes.

“Sa ngayon, 73 na ang mga pamantasan sa buong Pilipinas na na-inspect na ng CHED, IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] at local government. Pinayagan na ang mag limited face to face. Mayroon pang nakapilang ibang pamantasan na ini-inspect pa ngayon,” he said.

(Now there are 73 universities in the country that were inspected by CHED, IATF, and the local government. Limited face-to-face classes are now allowed. We still have other universities lined up and are undergoing inspection)

De Vera said medical courses including Nursing, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, and Medical Technology are allowed to have limited face-to-face classes. He also reported that there were zero infections in UP College of Medicine and in OLFU after the opening of classes. The only reported cases of infection, he added, were in Region 8.

“Ibig sabihin, kung talagang tututukan ang compliance sa guidelines na ginawa ng CHED at ng DOH, health protocols at ba pa, ligtas ang mga estudyante dito sa ginagawa nating face-to-face,” he said.

(It means, if the guidelines implemented by CHED and DOH are strictly followed including health protocols, the students will be safe during face-to-face classes)

De Vera also said that the department is looking into expanding the limited face-to-face classes in other degree programs such as Engineering, Information Technology, and Maritime. However, he clarified that the final decision will still be up to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung makikita natin sa datos na ligtas ang unang batch dahil sa compliance sa guidelines ay pupunta tayo kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte at hihingi ng approval na i-expand and limited fate-to-face classes sa ibang degree program,” he said.

(If we see that the first batch is safe from infection due to compliance with the guidelines, we will go to President Rodrigo Duterte and request for his approval to expand the limited face-to-face classes in other degree programs.) AAC

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