ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 29 (PIA) - Enrolment for school year 2020-2021 will begin by June 1 remotely or online only, the Department of Education (DepEd) maintains, but the schools will respect the parents' decision should they choose to not have their children enrolled, despite the proposed distance learning modalities.
During the Philippine Information Agency's (PIA) Kapihan na Zamboanga virtual press briefing this morning (May 29), DepEd-9 Assistant Regional Director Pete Natividad clarified that enrolment is completely voluntary.
"We will respect the decision of the parents if they do not want to enroll their children," Natividad said.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he is not in favor of physically sending children to school until such time a vaccine is made available. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones echoed the President's remark.
As an alternative the DepEd is exploring blended or distance learning modalities that include "printed or digital modules delivered to the homes of students, or picked up by their parents at designated places, within coordinated schedules", as per the PowerPoint presentation of Sec. Briones.
Other options include online learnings thru DepEd Commons and television or radio-based instruction thru government mass media platforms under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
The DepEd is expecting approximately a million pupils in both public and private schools from kindergarten to grade 12 to go back to school this coming school year, Natividad said.
Natividad, being a father of a grade 12 student said that he too is hesitant to send his child to school for face-to-face learning until such time a vaccine is ready. (NBE/DIS/PIA9-ZAMSULTA)