DepEd eyes to finish pilot run of limited face-to-face classes by December 2021

Published December 9, 2021, 12:52 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) is targeting to finish the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in basic education by the end of this month.

Limited pilot face-to-face classes started in Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School located in Manila on Dec. 6, 2021 (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Education Secretary Leonor Briones, during the “Bayaninhan, Bakunahan” event on Thursday, Dec. 9, said that the DepEd is eyeing to complete the pilot implementation of limited in-person classes in select schools nationwide for assessment.

“We hope, tapusin na namin itong pilot na ito by December para talagang ma-assess natin nang husto ang success (We hope to finish this pilot by December to really assess its success),” Briones said.

DepEd started the pilot face-to-face classes in public schools on Nov. 15. A week after, pilot in-person classes also started in private schools. There were 120 schools, 100 public and 20 private schools, included in the pilot run.

On Dec. 2, DepEd said that 177 more schools were allowed to join the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes which included 28 schools in Metro Manila. The identified schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) started pilot face-to-face classes on Dec. 6.


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“Nagbukas na tayo sa ating mga K to Grade 3 [ng] limited face-to-face classes kasi kailangan na kailangan nila yun (We already opened limited face-to-face classes for Kinder to Grade 3 because they really need this),” Briones said.

So far, Briones deemed the ongoing pilot run of limited face-to-face classes as “very successful” — noting that there were no cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the participating schools.


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Briones said that since the DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) were allowed to decide whether to increase the number of participating school or not, the regions with high number of enrollees have always been taken into consideration.

“Malaki ang aming interes na mag-open ng face-to-face hindi lang sa NCR [National Capital Region], pati sa Region IV-A and other large cities (We have always been interested to open face-to-face classes not only in NCR but also in Region IV-A and other large cities),” Briones said.

Based on the timeline of pilot face-to-face classes for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 released by DepEd in October, the pilot run will be implemented within two months starting November 2021 to January 2022.


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The assessment of the pilot run, DepEd said, will be conducted from Nov. 15 to Dec. 22.

With students scheduled to go on Christmas vacation starting Dec. 20, 2021 until Jan. 2, 2022, the pilot run will resume on Jan. 3 and will end on Jan. 31.

As initially scheduled, the evaluation of the pilot study and the presentation to the President of the pilot report and proposed expansion will take place in February next year. The target start of expansion for limited face-to-face classes is on March 7, 2022.


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