DepEd thanks stakeholders for supporting pilot face-to-face classes

Published December 4, 2021, 3:51 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

As it gears for the expansion phase of the pilot run, the Department of Education (DepEd) recognized the support and cooperation of all stakeholders in the “successful” implementation of limited in-person classes in basic education.

Comembo Elementary School in Makati City holds simulation exercises in preparation for limited face-to-face classes (MANNY LLANES / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We would like to commend the tremendous efforts that our valued stakeholders have provided for the successful and safe pilot run of limited face-to-face classes,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

“The involvement of everybody is crucial to the expansion of the implementation,” she added.

After almost two years without holding face-to-face classes due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, select Philippine schools reopened their doors to a limited number of students.

DepEd, along with the Department of Health (DOH), have chosen a total 120 schools (100 public and 20 private) that offer basic education for the two-month pilot run.

Pilot face-to-face classes started in public schools on Nov. 15.


First day of pilot face-to-face classes ‘very successful’ — DepEd

For private schools, they started pilot in-person classes on Nov. 22.

Zero cases on the first week

DepEd reported that in public schools, zero COVID-19 cases were reported in first week of the implementation of limited face-to-face classes.

Based on the report dated Nov. 24 from the Planning Service on the pilot run assessment, DepEd said that 62 out of 100 or more than 60 percent of the schools have already submitted their Week 1 assessment report covering Nov. 15 to 19.

This, DepEd said, is “understandable because many of the 100 pilot schools are in remote areas with either weak or no internet signal at all.”

Assistant Secretary for the National Academy of Sports and Field Operations Malcolm Garma, in a recent virtual press conference, highlighted that one of the important aspects of risk assessment is the “strict adherence and enforcement” of guidelines in ensuring the safety of learners and other personnel in the participating pilot schools’ operations.

Garma noted that while there were reports of students experiencing flu-like symptoms, their parents made sure that these children would not attend the scheduled face-to-face classes. “I think this is one of the things which we should highlight in terms of orientation and the knowledge of parents regarding the symptoms,” Garma said.

Citing partial results of the weekly school reporting on the limited face-to-face classes as of Nov. 24, DepEd said that there were 4,537 learners in Kinder to Grade 3 and Grade 11 to 12 who attended the first week of the pilot run.

Meanwhile, Planning Service Director Roger Masapol also pointed out the learners’ challenges to be addressed, as well as the experiences of the teachers in the teaching and learning implementation.