DepEd: Classes to open June 4 in public schools; 200 school days set for SY 2012-13
School year 2012-2013 will start this June 4 and end on March 22, 2013 for students in public elementary and high schools, the Department of Education said Wednesday.
In a news release, the DepEd said the school year will have 200 school days, 180 days of which are non-negotiable student-teacher contact time.
"Private schools, on the other hand, may deviate from the school calendar. However, they are enjoined to not start earlier than June 4 and not later than the last day of August," the DepEd said in DepEd Order 26, according to a news release posted on the Official Gazette website.
Any deviation from the school calendar should be relayed to the DepEd.
The DepEd said the new school calendar synchronizes all events and teaching-learning activities to optimize the use of the prescribed 200 school days.
“We have also allotted five days for in-service training (INSET) break and for parent-teacher conference because these are also very important activities for our teachers and parents,” Luistro noted.
Missed school days
Under the DepEd's memo, schools may observe national, local celebrations and holidays provided that the total number of school days is maintained and that make-up classes are conducted to compensate for missed school days.
Luistro added school heads should be in school for 200 days and be on top of all school matters.
Brigada Eskwela, K-12 orientation, test schedules
Before school starts, the DepEd will hold a "Brigada Eskwela" from May 21 to 26, and "Oplan Balik Eskwela" from May 28 to June 8.
June 9 is the start of the orientation of the K-12 curriculum for parents and other stakeholders.
The first quarter examination is set on August 2 to 3 while the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) is on August 29.
The second quarter examination is scheduled from October 11 to 12.
October 22 to 25 will be the semestral break where the teachers will go through their mid-year assessment and INSET.
The Christmas break starts on a Saturday, December 22, and classes resume on a Thursday, January 3, 2013.
Meanwhile, the third quarter examination is set from January 12 to 13.
On January 26, DepEd will conduct the annual early registration day.
National Achievement Test
The DepEd has scheduled the National Achievement Test on March 6 for fourth year high school students, and on March 12 to 13 for students in Grades 3 and 6.
March 14 will be the start of final examination days for Grade 6 pupils and fourth year high school students.
For Grades 1 to 5 and first year to third year high school, the last exam days are on March 20 to 21.
Graduation has been set for either on March 18 or 19, 2013. –KG, GMA News