CHED says colleges, universities may hold limited face-to-face classes by December

Published November 23, 2021, 11:53 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

As long as they have complied with the guidelines on the reopening of in-person classes, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said that universities and colleges may start holding limited face-to-face classes in all degree programs under the expanded phase by next month.

(ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Itong expanded face-to-face ay pagdagdag doon sa original na limited face to face para sa medical and allied health sciences, engineering, tourism at maritime na inaprubahan ng Pangulong Duterte, early this year (This expanded face-to-face is an addition to the original limited face-to-face for medical and allied health sciences, engineering, tourism and maritime approved by President Duterte, early this year),” CHED Chairman Popoy De Vera said in a Laging Handa public briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

De Vera explained that under the expanded limited face-to-face classes, higher education institutions (HEIs) may reopen their campuses under certain conditions.

In particular, De Vera said that the students and the faculty who will participate in the limited in-person classes should be fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

For the HEIs, De Vera explained that they must be able to comply with requirements on minimum health standards by retrofitting their facilities, among others.

De Vera said that another consideration is the coordination or concurrence of local governments.

So, kailan pwedeng magsimula? Eh depende kung gaano kabilis ang retrofit at saka mag-comply ang mga schools sa kanilang safety standards. (So, when can they start? It depends on how fast the [HEIs] can be retrofitted and how soon can the schools comply with safety standards),” De Vera said.

“Kung sila ay handa na ay pwede na silang magsimula na kahit ngayong December (If they are ready they can start even this December),” he added.

De Vera explained that HEIs may now apply to reopen limited face-to-face classes in all degree programs at a limited capacity of 50 percent as long as they comply with the requirements approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Meanwhile, De Vera clarified that this will be limited in areas under Alert Level 2 and below.

“Iyong Alert Level 3, ang target natin diyan ay by January ay magsimula na ito (For those under Alert Level 3, our target is to start by January),” De Vera explained. “Pero, by December puwede ng magbukas iyong mga schools under Alert Level 2 kasama diyan ang Metro Manila kung saan pinakamaraming mga eskuwelahan (But, by December, the schools can open under Alert Level 2 including Metro Manila which has the most number of schools),” he added.

With vaccination as among the major considerations to allow HEIs to offer limited face-to-face classes, De Vera once again urged students and faculty to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

De Vera said that CHED continues its efforts to promote the urgency of vaccination by visiting various schools nationwide through its vaccination caravan.

Citing CHED’s latest data, he noted that 42 percent of tertiary students have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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