DepEd to suspend dry run of in-person classes

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

DepEd central office (PHOTO: CNN Philippines)

In an official statement released tonight, the Department of Education (DepEd) confirmed the suspension of the pilot run of face-to-face classes in low-risk areas, originally scheduled in January 2021.

"Pursuant to the President’s instruction, DepEd is suspending the said pilot run of face-to-face classes until further notice," the statement reads.

"The Department will fully cooperate with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in its response to the current situation," it added.

President Rodrigo Duterte in the IATF meeting on Saturday announced that he is recalling his approval of the education sector’s proposal to conduct the dry run of in-person classes due to the threat of the new COVID strain believed to be more contagious.

“I have allowed kasi the face-to-face classes as a pilot project all over the country. With the new strain, true or not, maybe its true because it’s being validated by Germany, South Africa, UK eh iyong order ko noon kay Briones, I’m calling back the order,” said Duterte during the meeting with Cabinet officials and infectious disease experts.

“I will not allow face-to-face classes for children until we are through with this,” he added.

DepEd is supposedly set to conduct limited face-to-face classes next year in areas deemed with low-risk of COVID-19 transmission, following the president's approval of the proposal last December 14.

Citing a UNICEF report, Briones said there is a lower threat of coronavirus infection in schools than at homes.

1,114 schools have so far been nominated for the supposed pilot face-to-face classes dry run next month.



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