A total of 120 schools – both from public and private sectors – are now being eyed for the implementation of pilot face-to-face classes under the Department of Education (DepEd) once allowed by President Duterte.
“We are informed that DOH [Department of Health] has announced 120 schools planned for pilot face-to-face, subject to approval by President,” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan in a Viber message to reporters on Thursday, Sept. 2.
Malaluan explained that this number is “higher than the 100” schools DepEd presented at the Senate basic education committee hearing on Aug. 25.
He noted that the additional number of schools was based on the request made by Secretary Leonor Briones for “additional allocation for private schools.”
The DOH, Malaluan explained, was “agreeable to the addition of 20 private schools.”
However, he noted that there are “no identified private schools yet.”
Malaluan said that the private schools to be included in the pilot testing of face-to-face classes will be subject to the approval of the President. “We will disclose the process upon approval of the Joint DepEd-DOH guidelines,” he added.
Meanwhile, Malaluan explained that the joint DepEd-DOH presentation to Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) happened on July 15.
The joint operational guidelines on the conduct of pilot study on face-to-face learning modality, he said, “has only a few more items for finalization.”