The opening of classes for the upcoming school year will push through on August 24 but activities in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will be adjusted, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday.
During the virtual meeting of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said classes in areas with access to Internet, radio and TV learning will begin on August 24 as scheduled.
"For those areas na dineclare under MECQ, we will adjust the first two weeks so what will happen there is 'yung actual delivery and retrieval of self-learning modules shall happen during the first two weeks from the time that we open on August 24," he said.
"Ang mangyayari ay focused on psychosocial activities, debriefing activities na dapat ay naibigay na sa lahat ng ating mga division. Kung anuman ang mga modules, available na ito kung may online connectivity and mga bata, pwedeng i-access ito," he added.
Umali said Education Secretary Leonor Briones already has given directives to all DepEd directives to prepare for any eventuality that may affect the opening of classes this school year.
"They should look forward dahil baka mag-GCQ (general community quarantine) tayong muli, so pwede na ulit magdeliver ng self-learning modules, mag-retrieve nito, tapos biglang mag-MECQ muli," he said.
Briones herself on Wednesday insisted the opening of classes on August 24 will push through even though some areas have reverted to MECQ and despite appeals from various sectors.
"Tuloy pa rin. Tuloy na tuloy talaga on August 24 ang opening of classes," Briones said in a Palace briefing.
"Sa mga areas like NCR and Region 4A na under close monitoring pa, hindi sila masyadong apektado dahil lahat ng classes natin ay online walang face-to-face until next year and until the President so declares," she added. — BM, GMA News