The Ministry of Education (DepEd) officially announced on Monday August 9 that face-to-face lessons would remain “prohibited” during the official opening of the school year (SY) 2021-2022 on September 13.
âThe department had to find ways to sustain the learning process despite the challenges and uncertainty posed by COVID-19 while maintaining the health, safety and well-being of learners and teachers,â said the secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
Last week, DepEd released the official school calendar and activities for the upcoming school year. Much like the previous school year, DepEd will continue to reimplement blended learning amid the current global health crisis.
As reported in the 2021 DepEd Order 029 series, the department will launch the SY 2021-2022 next month, as previously approved by President Duterte. The start of the school year will be on June 24, 2022 for a total of 209 school days – including Saturdays and the five days of mid-year vacation.
Meanwhile, some private schools and state / local universities and colleges (SUC / LUC) offering basic education have already started their courses. This after DepEd allowed them to open courses within the time allowed by Republic Law No. 11480.
Based on guidelines issued by DepEd, conducting face-to-face courses – whether partial or complete – will “still not be permitted” unless the chairperson allows it.
âVaccine insurance for everyone, including school-aged children, is not guaranteed,â Briones said.
“However, education must continue to give hope and contribute to the normalization of activities in the country and facilitate the development of our learners and the return to normalcy in their lives,” she added.
DepEd has set the regular registration for SY 2021-2022 from August 16 to September 13, 2021.
At the same time, the regional offices were also tasked by DepEd to improve the implementation of the basic education and learning continuity plan (BE-LCP).
This can be done by maximizing the use of television and radio instruction to reduce reliance on print modules, encouraging the return of learners who did not register last year, and ensuring an equitable distribution. of teachers’ workload in accordance with the standards set in the Magna Carta for Teachers.
DepEd also noted that the Alternative Learning System (ALS) learning intervention will also be “officially open” on September 13. .
To prepare for the opening of classes, DepEd said that schools had been asked to conduct âBrigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela (BE-OBE)â to inform and strengthen partnerships that complement DepEd’s efforts to ensure education. basic quality in the midst of the pandemic.
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