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Govt moves school opening to Oct. 5

Philippine Information Agency
14 Aug 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The government has moved this year's school opening to Oct. 5, 2020 from Aug. 24 as what has been previously scheduled, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones announced today.

Citing a memorandum from Malacanang signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Briones said they would have to comply with the decision, noting that delaying the opening would also help the DepEd to better prepare amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We will now implement such decision to defer school opening to Oct 5 pursuant to RA 11480. It will be recalled that the law specifically states that the President can decide on the opening of school classes upon recommendation of DepEd secretary," she explained.

"We hope that this will be the final adjustment of the school opening. We look forward to a much prepared opening of classes," she added.

"We trust that this is the final schedule of school opening," she furthered

Briones, however, emphasizes that when classes start in Oct., there will be no in-person classes.

She said there were also challenges in the preparation of learning materials in areas under MECQ because of limitation of movement

"There has been much concern about the production of learning modules so magkaroon tayo ng additional time.

Briones also emphasized that dry runs of schools and capacity and skills training of teachers will continue.

"There will be adjustments in the school calendar," she added. (PIA NCR)

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