President Rodrigo Duterte finally approved of a re-opening of schools’ pilot run on Monday.
MANILA — No official date or a list of schools has been confirmed yet, but this would be done for two months in 100 public schools in areas deemed “low risk” by the Department of Health, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
According to Ms Briones, schools would also need to pass the Department of Education’s safety criteria assessment, and would require support of local governments and parents’ written consent to allow their children to participate.
“We will start with 100 schools to observe how it will work,” she said at a Palace briefing in Filipino, “then we will add 20 private schools that would submit their plans.”
Students who will participate will be from kindergarten up to Grade 3, and for technical vocation senior high school students.
Class sized would be a maximum of 12 students for kindergarten, 16 in Grades 1 to 3, and 20 in five senior high schools. Only done every other week, school hours would be three for basic education, and four hours for senior high. (HMP/The MiNT)