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BBM orders DepEd to ensure smooth resumption of face-to-face classes

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 20/07/2022 Kristina Maralit

PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has put to task the Department of Education (DepEd) and other concerned agencies to ensure all preparations are in place for the coming resumption of face-to-face classes.

The Chief Executive directed Vice President and concurrent Education chief Sara Duterte-Carpio to pinpoint all potential issues connected to the opening of the 2022-2023 school year with millions of students expected to troop back to the classrooms next month.

"Ang gawin na lang natin [ay] i-identify saan 'yung areas na magbe-blended learning para maka-focus tayo. Ihanda 'yung mga devices at mga kailangan nila na noong pandemic hindi nasu-supply-an sa mga bata (What we will do is identify areas with blended learning so we can focus. Have the devices ready and their other needs during the pandemic which weren't supplied)," Marcos Jr. said during the Cabinet meeting he presided in the Palace earlier this week.

"We continue with blended learning pero (but) in very specific places lamang (only). As much as possible, face-to-face na talaga (we go for face-to-face)," he added.

A DepEd order stated that blended learning shall no longer be implemented beyond October 31, as it seeks to adopt a policy for the full implementation of the five-day in-person classes.

The President, however, noted that the government may be forced to continue carrying out blended learning if major concerns are not addressed, such as the unstable internet connectivity and the rising daily infections of the coronavirus disease.

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