DepED allows private schools to continue with blended learning 

The Department of Education (DepED) has allowed private schools nationwide to continue the implementation of blended learning modality beyond November.

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Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte issued DepED Order No. 44 series of 2022 on Monday, Oct. 17 which amended DepED Order No. 34, series of 2022 or the School Calendar and Activities For School Year 2022-2023.

In the newly-issued DepED Order, it was stated that “private schools may continue to implement” any of the three learning delivery options: five days of in-person classes; blended learning modality; or full distance learning.

Private schools that will choose to continue the implementation of blended learning modality are allowed to adopt various setups prescribed by DepED.

In the blended learning modality, DepED said that private schools may ask their students to attend three days of in-person classes and two days of distance learning (modular, online, or television/radio-based instruction).


Students in private schools may also attend four days of in-person classes and one day of distance learning (modular, online, or television/radio-based instruction).

For instance, DepED said that students in private schools may attend in-person classes from Monday to Wednesday and distance learning from Thursdays to Fridays.

Alternatively, private schools may also ask their students to attend face-to-face classes from Mondays to Thursdays and distance learning on Fridays.

Meanwhile, DepEd reiterated that starting Nov. 2, 2022 “all public schools shall have transitioned to five-days in person classes.”


After the set date, DepEd stressed that “no public school shall be allowed to implement purely distance learning or blended learning” except for those that are expressly provided an exemption by the Regional Director, those whose classes are automatically canceled due to disaster and calamities, and those implementing Alternative Delivery Modes as provided in the DO No. 21 series of 2019 or the Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program and DO 001 series of 2022 titled Revised Policy Guidelines on Homeschooling Program.

DepED said that a separate department memorandum will be issued relative to the exemption that will be provided by the regional director.

Undersecretaries; assistant secretaries; bureau directors; directors of services centers, and heads of units; regional directors; minister of basic higher and technical education (BARMM); school division superintendent; Heads of public and private elementary and secondary schools; heads ALS Community Learning Center's State; heads of local universities and colleges and all other concerned were also reminded that all other provisions stated in DO No. 34 series of 2022 shall “remain effective unless otherwise amended by the other DepEd issuances.”