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Face-to-Face Classes For All Levels Eyed In January

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The Department of Education (DepEd) is anticipating the expansion of face-to-face (F2F) classes in all grade levels by January next year if the pilot resumption is successful.

Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that from the current Kindergarten to Grade 3 levels, DepEd is looking to expand to higher grade levels in the expanded pilot phase.

They are looking at a nationwide expansion by next year in schools that will be able to pass the readiness requirements.

“With the condition that it will not depart from the pilot character, we are accelerating the completion of the pilot phase. We intend to submit our report to the President by the end of December. We anticipate the recommendation of an expansion by next year,” Malaluan said in an interview.

He noted that DepEd and the Department of Health have been given authority by President Duterte to determine the number of schools that will participate in streamlining processes in the expanded pilot F2F.

Still, Malaluan said they are anticipating more challenges once it ramps up expansion, especially in congested urban areas such as Metro Manila.

“Scale is one of the key considerations that we will be working with. It is manageable now but when we scale it up, there will be more to manage at all levels of governance in the DepEd,” he said.

Malaluan said the agency is satisfied with the first few days of pilot resumption, even if there were some glitches such as teachers testing positive in an antigen test in Zambales.

The three public schools were able to resume classes after a confirmatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR test showed that they were negative for COVID-19.

He noted this showed that the department and other stakeholders such as parents and local government units are ready with contingency measures.

“We are very happy, parents are happy. Teachers are happy to see our students come back to our schools. This pilot is the first phase toward an expanded phase that we hope will be a smooth pilot,” he added.

Malaluan gave assurance that teachers participating in the pilot F2F are fully vaccinated and are working with health authorities in helping the household members of the learners to be vaccinated.

Some 5,000 learners and about 800 teachers trooped back to school grounds on Monday after almost two years of only virtual learning amid the pandemic.

Source: ThePhilippineStar

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