DepEd assures flexible submission of requirements by students

Published December 7, 2020, 9:45 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

As it marks the last week of classes this week, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday assured that the submission of school requirements — especially for students who were affected by the recent string of typhoons — will be more flexible.


DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said that officials of the agency have been directed to implement flexible measures when it comes to the academic requirements of the students.

“Submission of requirements have been made more flexible,” San Antonio told the Manila Bulletin when asked what will happen to students who failed to submit their academic requirements for the First Quarter.

San Antonio noted that schools in areas  where class suspensions were declared during typhoons and floods  may use the In-Service Training (INSET) scheduled next week for make up classes.

Based on the DepEd’s Education Cluster Report for Typhoon  “Rolly” as of Dec. 2, classes in eight divisions in Bicol Region including Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Iriga City, Catanduanes, Masbate, Masbate City, Sorsogon, and Sorsogon City are still suspended.

Classes at all levels in these areas have been suspended since Nov. 3. DepEd said that the suspension of classes in 3,050 are directly affecting 1,216,308 enrollees.

Meanwhile, DepEd’s Education Cluster Report for  “Ulysses” as of Dec. 2 also showed that class suspension in nine divisions – one in the National Capital Region (NCR) and eight in Region 5 – is still being implemented.

In NCR, classes in 32 schools remain suspended. Likewise, classes in 3,050 schools in the Bicol Region are suspended since Nov. 11. DepEd said that there are 1,295,402 enrollees affected by the ongoing suspension of classes in these areas.

Given the situation in areas that were battered by the recent typhoons, San Antonio said the concerned local offices will be authorized to make the necessary adjustments for their students. “Localized adjustments to the school calendar will be decided by the concerned DepEd units,” he explained.