‘Face to face’ classes subject to DOH clearance—Deped
Aileen Cerrudo • May 11, 2020 • 416
The Department of Education (Deped) reiterated that face-to-face classes “shall only be allowed when the local risk severity grading permits, and subject to compliance with minimum health standards.”
Deped Secretary Leonor Briones said schools that would want to conduct face-to-face classes should first secure clearance from the Department of Health (DOH).
“There are places na zero [cases]. Like Bohol, nagkaroon sila ng dalawa, pero ngayong under control na (they had two cases but now the situation is under control). We have to get clearance from the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and DOH,” she said.
Briones also said that even if face-to-face classes will be allowed, the number of students in a classroom would be limited from 15 to 20 students per class.
Physical distancing and minimum health requirements directed by the DOH and the IATF-MEID will also be implemented.
Meanwhile, Deped Usec. Anne Sevilla said private schools can begin the opening of classes before August 24. However, the Education Department will not allow the face-to-face classes.
“Ang choice ng mga eskwelahan (The options of schools) will depend on the local public health situation. So definitely, sa locality ay hindi pwede ang face-to-face, (in the locality, face-to-face is not allowed)” she said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said several private colleges and universities have assured that they will not implement a tuition fee increase this school year.
CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera said universities like the University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University already announced that they would not be increasing their tuition.
“Iyang mga universities na malalaki, kayang kaya nila itong financial situation (Those big universities, they can handle this financial situation) because their sources of income are varied. They have other businesses,” he said.
CHED also assured they already have a mandate on the implementation of staggered payment on tuition fees.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (May 28) has appealed to private school institutions to allow staggered payments. He also announced that parents, who cannot afford to pay their child’s education fees, can request for a loan.
“Itong Land Bank, bubuksan namin (We will open Land Bank) and you can borrow money to finance the education of your children,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed with the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) on how the classes will be held come August amid the prevailing risks of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Secretay Leonor Briones, during a meeting with the President on Thursday (May 28) presented the DepEd’s proposed solutions namely the ’blended’ and ‘distance learning’ systems wherein classes will be held on digital modes such as the use of Internet, television programs and radio broadcast.
Also, the Department intends to use printed materials in areas without Internet access and where students do not have personal gadgets specifically in remote barangays and localities.
In response, the President vowed to find additional sources of funds to support this plan.
“I’m impressed with the simplicity of the program. And I believe that all that you have said is really feasible, radio if television is not available and all of these things. I believe you have a very workable program. I support you,” the President told Briones.
Despite his disagreement with face-to-face classes until a vaccine is discovered, the President made it clear that he agrees with alternative learning for students.
Thus, remote enrollment will push through from June 1 to 30 and classes will open in August as planned.
Given the current situation, the President appeals to school administrations to be considerate and apply a staggered payment scheme for the students’ tuition.
He added that parents who are struggling to pay the tuition of their children may opt to apply for loan from Landbank of the Philippines.
“And for those who have really nothing to come up for the tuition payment, we have the Landbank and kindly listen to rules. We will open the Landbank and you can borrow money to finance the education of your children,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Naniniwala si Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III na ligtas ang pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 basta’t maipatutupad ang kinakailangang minimum health standards sa mga paaralan.
Inihayag ni Duque ang kanyang opinyon nang hingan siya ng pahayag ni Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go sa isinagawang virtual hearing ng Senate Committee on Health and Demography ngayong Martes.
“Pag-aralan po namin maigi ito pero sa tingin po namin, ligtas naman po kung bubuksan natin ang klase by August 24. Ang kinakailangan po rito, siguraduhin lamang na ang lahat ng ating minimum standards for health ay nakatalaga,” ani Duque.
Kabilang aniya sa minimum health standards na kailangang masunod ay ang pagkakaroon ng physical distancing, palagiang paghuhugas at pagdi-disinfect ng mga kamay at pagkakaroon ng thermal scanner upang ma-check kung mataas ang temperatura ng katawan ng isang tao.
“Tingin ko magiging ligtas naman po ang pagbubukas ng ating pong mga paaralan at meron din po tayong evidence-based na atin pong titingnan gaya ng ginagawa po ng IATF,” ani Duque.
“We will continue to evaluate yung mga bilang ng mga kaso down to the barangay levels,” dagdag pa niya.
Una nang sinabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang public address noong Lunes ng gabi na hindi siya papayag na muling magbalik-eskwela ang mga mag-aaral hangga’t walang natutuklasang bakuna kontra novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Sa paglilinaw naman ng Malakanyang ngayong Martes, ang pagkakaroon ng face-to-face o physical classes in classroom ang tinutulan ng Pangulo at tuloy pa rin naman ang pagbubukas ng academic schoolyear 2020-2021 sa Agosto.
Kung mananatili pa rin ang banta ng COVID-19 bandang Agosto, ipatutupad naman ng pamahalaan ang flexible blended learning sa lahat ng antas.
Kabilang sa paraang ito ang paggamit ng telebisyon at radyo upang maipagpatuloy ang edukasyon ng mga mag-aaral, lalo na sa mga nasa liblib na lugar at hindi maaabot ng internet.
“Kung hindi po talaga dumating ang new normal, at hindi mai-lift ang community quarantines, di po ibig sabihin na di na mag-aaral ang ating mga kabataan. Mayroon po tayong tinatawag na blended learning sangayon kay Sec. Briones ng DepEd, gagamitin po natin ang telebisyon, ang radio at ang internet para ipagpatuloy po ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” ani Roque.
Suportado naman ni Duque ang mga plano ng Department of Education (DepEd) upang maseguro ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng mga mag-aaral.
Una nang sinabi ng DepEd na bukod sa pagsasagawa ng online classes, pinag-aaralan na rin nila sa ngayon ang iba’t ibang learning tools, work arrangement para sa mga guro at maging ang sistema ng assessment sa mga mag-aaral. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
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