Education Secretary Leonor Briones stressed that in-person classes are not mandatory and they need the consent of the parents for the children to participate.
Limited face-to-face classes in all college courses may resume by January if a high level of vaccination rate among students and faculty is achieved, according to the Commission on Higher Education.
Over 1,000 jabs were made available to students at the Mabalacat City College and the Our Lady of Fatima University-Pampanga on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
The Commission on Higher Education said it is studying whether it can allow schools in areas that have very low COVID prevalence and also very high vaccination rate to conduct limited face-to-face on all degree programs.
Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said 59 public schools have passed the assessment of health officials to conduct the pilot face-to-face classes.
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According to a group, private schools need government help in retrofitting of facilities, hiring of personnel to help in online and in-person classes as they cannot raise fees especially now that fewer students are enrolled.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said 24,603,822 learners have returned to schools, excluding those who are enrolled in alternative learning systems, as well as those overseas.
“I want to go to school,” seven-year-old Kylie Larrobis said, complaining she cannot read after a year of online kindergarten. “I don’t know what a classroom looks like – I’ve never seen one.”
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition revealed that many teachers are still waiting for the provided modules while others are doing their last-ditch effort of printing and reproduction using their own resources as classes open today.