DepEd is ‘all set’ for school opening next week

Published August 15, 2022, 4:06 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Albeit challenging due to the current public health situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that the opening of classes for School Year (SY) 2022-2023 will push through next week.

Photo taken at Cawayan Elementary School, Irosin, Sorsogon on December 1, 2021 (OSDS – DepEd Sorsogon Province Official)

“Sa ngayon po, talagang tuloy na tuloy ang opening natin sa Aug. 22 (Right now, our school opening on Aug. 22 will push through),” DepEd Spokesperson Michael Poa said during an interview after the 2022 “Oplan Balik Eskwela” launch on Monday, Aug. 15.


DepEd, partner agencies express readiness for school opening through OBE 2022

Poa said that even in earthquake-stricken areas, classes will open next week since there are “interventions” in place. “We’re planning to do alternative learning delivery modes,” he explained as also stated in DepEd Order No. 34 s. of 2022 or the School Calendar and Activities for SY 2022-2023.

Poa, during the OBE 2022 presser, said that the DepEd endeavors to provide resilient, accessible, and quality education to Filipino learners in the next six years and beyond.

“Naturally, its a very hard task kaya nagpapasalamat kami sa suporta ng mga partner agencies today kung saan inilahad nila ang kanilang commitments kung ano ang kanilang gagawin para tulungan tayo sa ligtas na pagbabalik aral ng ating mga learners (that’s why we’re so grateful for the support of the partner agencies today which they expressed their commitments on what they will do to help us ensure the safe return of our learners to schools),” Poa said.

With the help of 17 partner agencies, Poa said that the OBE 2022 runs from Aug. 15 to Aug. 26 to ensure the readiness of schools when classes for the incoming school year start on Aug. 22.

Poa said that the OBE Command Center was also launched to address concerns and issues related to school opening.

“The Department cannot do it alone, even with our partner agencies, the government cannot do it alone,” Poa said as he enjoined education stakeholders to report to DepEd the problems and challenges encountered on the ground during school opening.

Poa also asked for the help and cooperation from parents to help ensure the safe return of learners to schools.

“They always say that it takes a village to raise a child so let’s be that village, kapit-bisig po tayo para bata, para sa kinabukasan ng ating bayan (let’s join hands for children, for the future of our our country),” Poa said.


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