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DepEd to do away with periodical exams amid pandemic

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said it plans to do away with periodical exams amid the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to avoid cheating.

According to Mariz Umali’s report on “24 Oras,” Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said the focus will be on written outputs and performance tasks instead.

“We are dispensing with the periodical exams in our proposed revised policy on assessment of learning. We’ll do written outputs and performance tasks,” he said.

“This is the best time for us, so we are appealing to the parents, grandparents, and adults to help DepEd actually reinforce the value of honesty,” San Antonio added.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said classes will still push through as scheduled on October 5.

“It’s a huge challenge but if you wait until you are absolutely ready, by the time we feel we have certain problems already under control, there will be new challenges,” Briones on opening,” she said.

DepEd earlier said over 24 million students have so far enrolled for the upcoming school year. 

However, around 800 private schools have informed the DepEd that they will halt operations amid the pandemic due to a low number of enrollees. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News