DepEd releases statement on opening of classes, leans towards any day in August

DepEd releases statement on opening of classes, leans towards any day in August

- The Department of Education released a statement regarding the resumption of classes for SY 2020-2021

- DepEd is leaning towards August to start the next school year

- They have been in consultation with civil society, education experts, business sector, as well as parents and learners expressing their views on social media

- The department is still conducting a survey of more than 700,000 respondents and the results will be out in a few days

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The Department of Education released its official statement as to when the classes for the school year 2020-2021 would resume. According to DepEd, they are mulling over resuming classes in August.

As per their statement on their official Facebook page DepEd Philippines, "The law provides that school opening shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August. The responses favor any day in August as the preferred opening of the school year."

The agency revealed that it has been conducting consultation for the past two weeks with various sectors of society.

They consulted with the business sector, education experts, civil society, and they also considered the views expressed by learners and parents on social media platforms.

The department is also conducting a bigger survey of 700,000 respondents, where matters concerning school opening, social distancing, online classes, TV, cellphone among others, were tackled. The results of the survey will be out in a few days.

DepEd assures everyone that their call for education remains the same, that it must continue whether it will be virtual or physical, and that the safety, health and well being of the public will always be the primary consideration in any decision that they would be making.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.

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