The Department of Education (DepEd) suggested to President Rodrigo Duterte the probability of conducting limited face-to-face classes in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said that physical classes for up to ten people in a room are the most reasonable way if a student does not have access to different learning modes.
“The students can access learning materials online, on radio, or on television. If they don’t have all of the above, we have what we called IBM or It’s Better Manual,” said Briones.
The education secretary also asked for more supply of water in schools and universities, so that students can wash their hands regularly and protect themselves against the virus.
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero De Vera lauded Briones’ proposal for limited face-to-face classes, proposing that the first semester in higher education classes should focus on theoretical subjects. In contrast, the second semester should focus on laboratory courses or those requiring fieldwork.