MANILA, Philippines — Department of Education (DepEd) announced Tuesday, May 5, the opening of classes for the next school year has been set on August 24, 2020.
According to Education Secretary Leonor Briones in a press briefing that she reported this to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, and that informed them that the chosen date was based on consultations.
The school opening date was selected based on consultations with various stakeholders and on a survey involving 700,000 respondents.
“I already reported this to the IATF last week and I told them that, based on the consultations we did, their preference is August… The class opening date that we chose is August 24.” Briones said.
Briones also added that this does not necessarily mean that the students have to physically report to school. She also noted that classes may be done virtually in some areas.
DepEd is looking to implement alternative learning systems, such as online learning and offline methods like take-home reading and activities, in delivering education next school year.
Teachers would have to report for work starting June 1 to prepare for the upcoming school year, Briones added.
Classes won’t start in June considering the country’s ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.