Pilot face-to-face classes in Metro Manila schools ‘smooth’ so far — DepEd

Published December 6, 2021, 12:02 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) said that the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in the National Capital Region (NCR) has been “smooth” so far with no adverse reports coming from its schools division offices (SDOs).

Students from Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School listen to their teacher during the first day of pilot face-to-face pilot classes in select Metro Manila schools on Dec. 6, 2021 (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

During the Laging Handa public briefing on Monday, Dec. 6, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that the agency is continuously monitoring the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes especially in highly-urbanized areas such as Metro Manila.

“So far, it has been smooth. We have officials of the department that are on the ground,” Malaluan said.

He said that 28 schools in NCR have been approved to join the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes. These schools reopened for limited in-person classes for select grade levels starting Monday.

Malaluan explained that the reopening of 28 schools in NCR for face-to-face classes is part of the pilot implementation phase. Initially, DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) have identified 120 schools (100 from public and 20 in private) to join the pilot run.


28 Metro Manila schools to join pilot face-to-face classes starting Dec. 6 — DepEd

Limited face-to-face classes in public schools started on Nov. 15. For private schools, they started on Nov. 22.

On Dec. 2, DepEd released the list of 177 schools that were allowed to hold pilot face-to-face classes on top of the 120 schools that have been identified earlier.


DepEd: 177 more schools to participate in pilot run of limited face-to-face classes

“Ang ating 28 public schools na ito sa Metro Manila ay kasama doon sa mahigit 100 mga karagdagang paaralan sa pilot (These 28 public schools in Metro Manila are part of over 100 schools in the pilot [run],” Malaluan explained.

With this, Malaluan said that there are at least 300 schools nationwide that have been allowed to hold pilot face-to-face classes covering both public and private schools.

Meanwhile, Malaluan said that DepEd is anticipating a recommendation to expand the face to face classes next year.

However, he clarified that this will depend on the overall health situation in the country and the initial results of the pilot run.

Malaluan noted that the participating schools are expected to submit their initial assessment of the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes during the Christmas break.

Based on the DepEd calendar, Christmas break for public schools will start on Dec. 20, 2021 until Jan. 2, 2022.


Christmas break starts on Dec. 20 — DepEd

“Iyong consolidated report ay isa-submit natin sa tanggapan ng Pangulo bago magtapos ang taon (The consolidated report will be submitted to the Office of the President before the year ends), Malaluan explained.