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DepEd eyes 100% in-person classes by August next year

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday that the country is ready for full and nationwide implementation of face-to-face classes next year, though the modalities may differ depending on their local government units (LGUs).

Education Secretary Leonor Briones remarked at the Laging Handa Public briefing that approximately 73.2% of the total number of public schools have already been recognized as eligible for in-person learning.

However, she added that the set-up would need to be approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the local governments in the areas where the schools were located. In addition, the Department of Health (DOH) showed its support in conducting face-to-face classes.

Moreover, according to Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio, all schools are still urged to hold in-person classes while still adhering to blended learning modes.

As of May 26, a total of 34,238 schools have been nominated for the face-to-face classes, with over 33,000 of them being public and 1,174 being private.

Only in locations with alert levels 1 and 2 are physical classes permitted.

Photo credits: Marianne Bermudez - Manila Bulletin

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