The Department of Education (DepEd) said that by the end of December, the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes in the country will conclude so health officials can assess whether the agency could already start the expansion phase.
“Tatapusin na namin itong pilot na ito by December para ma-assess namin ang success. But so far very successful naman,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said during the Bayanihan Bakunahan culmination activity in Mandaluyong.
The DepEd earlier scheduled the end of the pilot run on January 31, 2022. Some senators, however, had urged the department to shorten its timetable as they were worried DepEd’s timeline would prolong school closure.
“We are optimistic that we could start the expansion phase by January. That’s when we’re going to consider the other grade levels to be included, not anymore on the pilot but really on the limited face-to-face classes,” Education Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma said.
The pilot run of limited face-to-face classes include only the following grade levels:
- Kindergarten: 12 students
- Grades 1 to 3: 16 students
- Technical vocational livelihood students in senior high school: 12 students
- Senior high school: 20 students
The DepEd prioritized Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3 because students in these levels are in their formative years and they need more guidance from their teachers. Senior high school students were also chosen because some of their subjects require “hands-on” training.
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