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No reports of significant students’ dropout amid distance learning — Briones

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Manila Bulletin

The Department of Education has not received any reports of significant number of students that have dropped out amid home-based learning modalities.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones disclosed this on Tuesday as she asked the regional offices of verifying reports of massive students’ dropout, particularly the school year is already under second term.

“Wala naman reports galing sa mga regions na may mga dropout na marami ng ating mga estudyante. Wala pa kaming basehan na maka-conclude na mayroong massive dropouts,” Briones said in a Laging Handa public briefing.

“Naghihintay kami ng numero sa mga nagsasabi noon, wala naman kaming naririnig na numero. Lahat ng rehiyon pina-report ko last week pa, pinag-confirm namin ‘yung balita na ‘yun, wala kaming nakuha na confirmation,” Briones added.

The education chief said it is “not unusual” the students are slow to return to schools especially after holidays or vacations.

“Usually after a holiday, like Christmas vacation, or summer vacation, mabagal ang pagbalik ng mga bata with or without Covid, ‘yan kasi magsiuwian galing sa probinsya, marami pang aayusin ang mga bata at kanilang mga pamilya,” Briones said.

“Hindi naman unusual ‘yan, at saka hindi naman ganun karami,” the education secretary added.


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