The Department of Education (DepEd) recognized the contribution of its partners as the country partially reopens its schools next week over a year after face-to-face classes were prohibited due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Nagpapasalamat po ang Kagawaran sa mga pledge at sa mga commitment ng ating partners (The Department is grateful for the pledges and commitments of our partners),” DepEd Planning Service Director Roger Masapol said.
DepEd said that 100 public schools are set to hold pilot face-to-face classes on Nov. 15.
Masapol explained that even before the start of the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes started, DepEd has already received early commitments from various partners so it can properly implement the pilot study of limited face-to-face classes in basic education.
Due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, DepEd has adopted a distance learning set-up for both public and private schools in basic education since School Year (SY) 2020-2021.
On Sept. 20, a week after SY 2021-2022 opened, President Duterte finally approved the pilot study for limited face-to-face classes in low risk areas. A total of 120 public and private schools will initially participate in the two-month pilot run.
Anchored on the shared responsibility framework, the DepEd emphasized the assistance and pledge of external partners to ensure the safe implementation of the limited face-to-face classes.
Masapol, in a recent virtual press briefing, also expressed DepEd’s appreciation to the partners who vowed their initial assistance before the roll-out of the pilot implementation.
In particular, DepEd thanked the United States Agency for International Development, GIZ fit for school, United Nations Children’s Fund, Sustaining Education Reform Gains project (Australian Embassy), United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB), Save the Children, Aboitez, Procter and Gamble, PBED, Aral Pilipinas, UP NISMED, UPOU, Unang Hakbang Foundation Inc, World Bank and World Vision, who have signified their support to the DepEd for a safer reintroduction of face-to-face classes.