DepEd: In-person classes to push through on November 2

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday reminded private schools that the implementation of in-person classes will push through on November 2.

This was the statement of DepEd spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa, when sought for his reaction following the appeal Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) to allow their member schools the flexibility and wide latitude to combine online and other remote learning modalities with in-person classes beyond Oct. 31, 2022.

“This has been taken up already during the cabinet meeting as well. The President (Ferdinand Marcos Jr.) already asked for a study to be made on blended learning and we will comply with the orders of the President,” Poa said.

Poa said that once the study is out, only then they can determine if the request of Cocopea would be “possible.”

“But as of the moment talaga, we are firm that we will start with in-person classes on November 2,” Poa said, adding that private sector are “strongly encouraged” to do the same.

 Earlier, Cocopea made an appeal to Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte to allow continuity in schools who have successfully integrated blended learning in their curriculum as aligned with their common mission to deliver the best learning to the students.

Coxopea stressed that the unique experiences in their schools in the last two years on the “effective” implementation of online learning platforms have allowed for a diversity of instructional strategies to maintain the quality of learning through the quality of the teachers, and the use of innovative teacher training, content development, educational technology and media. 

“With the integration of online and remote modalities to face-to-face classes this coming school year, it would allow these private schools to further enhance their students’ learning experiences without compromising their safety against Covid-19,” the group said.