News – PH – Palace: Classroom classes may not resume until August


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected the proposal to resume physical classes, although groups request safe return Classrooms are a priority

Classes in the Philippines began in October 2020, but were done entirely with remote methods, however, teachers and students have struggled to adapt to distance learning in recent months, in addition to at least two million who have chosen to do so To waive school year

At a regular meeting on Monday, palace spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte called him last night and said face-to-face learning could resume through August, hopefully when vaccinations are well under way in the country

Roque said face-to-face courses could then be allowed “especially in areas where COVID-19 cases are low”

As it is, the fate of the physical classes resumption will largely depend on the bumps, but the program is facing significant delays, with the first doses expected to arrive in late February or March

A planned pilot run for face-to-face teaching in more than a thousand schools has been discontinued by the president under the threat of the more contagious variant of the coronavirus

The development follows a survey of a group in the education sector that found 709% of the 1st395 Teachers doubt that their students can understand what they are being taught in the current context

Of that number, 54% said that a “certain part” of their class was lagging behind in the first quarter of the school year, while only 4% said their students could keep up

Groups have urged the administration to make the safe return of children to schools a priority, with advances on vaccines and the relaxation of other restrictions

In the Senate, members have questioned why most restrictions – including allowing cinemas and video arcades – have now been eased with schools remaining closed Only recently, Rep Roman Romulo (Pasig), chairman of the House’s Education Committee, has suggested suggested that the education department should set up a panel of science and medical professionals for the move

DepEd officials have not yet commented on Duterte’s recent decision, including whether or not they will appeal

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Rodrigo Duterte, curriculum vitae, Ministry of Education

News – PH – Palace: Classroom teaching may not resume until August
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