99.54% of public schools hold 5-day in-person classes: DepEd

The conduct of full face-to-face classes, particularly in public schools, remained the policy of the Department of Education (DepEd) amid concerns about new Covid-19 subvariants.

Students of Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City on the first day of school opening on August 22, 2022. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Right now, we are still in the latest issuance that for public schools, five-day in-person classes will be mandatory and that is already being implemented,” said DepEd Spokesperson Michael Poa.

DepEd directed all schools that offer basic education to return to full face-to-face person classes starting Nov. 2, 2022, except for private schools and some public schools with “exceptional” circumstances.



“In fact, the latest numbers show that 99.54 percent of our public schools are already implementing the five-day in-person classes,” Poa said.

DepEd data showed that there were 47,612 public schools nationwide as of School Year (SY) 2021-2022.

“The remaining are due to problems such as calamities, thus, it is not yet safe for the learners to go back to schools,” Poa explained.



“But now, our public schools are really implementing the five-day in-person classes,” he added.