A total of 1,114 schools have been nominated to participate in the dry run of face-to-face classes in areas with low risk for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Education Secretary Leonor Briones said yesterday.
None from the National Capital Region, the epicenter of the outbreak, and two other regions have begged off to nominate to take part in the pilot run.
“So far, ang ni-report ng ating mga regional directors last week ay 1,114 schools ang na-nominate out of 61,000 schools,” Briones said at the Laging Handa briefing.
“Tatlong regions ang nag-beg-off at this time. Alam na natin ang NCR [National Capital Region] at naintindihan natin iyan. Ang Davao nag-beg-off also, ang Cotabato nag-beg-off pero ang malaking demand talaga is in Region IV-A, Region VIII, the other regions nagva-vary,” she said.
The education chief also said the final list may be lesser than the 1,114 because there are other things that they have to consider.
“May ibang factor tayong tinitingnan, kino-consider kaya gusto nating written consent from the parents,” the DepEd chief added.
Briones also said that parents have mixed responses on the proposed dry run of face-to-face classes.
“Mayroong iba galit na galit dahil gusto nila ng face-to-face, mayroong iba naman galit na galit dahil ayaw nila ng face-to-face, kaya kailangan mayroong written consent. But what is very clear is that children spend most of their time at home. And we know the different conditions of the homes of our learners kaya very important consideration ito,” she said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved DepEd’s proposal to conduct face-to-face classes in areas with low COVID-19 risk in January 2021.
The chief executive earlier said that he will not allow face-to-face classes until a COVID-19 vaccine is available.
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