Just recently, the Department of Education announced that it will postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available. Moreover, the agency released an official statement acknowledging President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine. It can be recalled Duterte, in a televised address last May 25, said that he will not risk the lives of students by reopening classes without a vaccine.
“We thank the President for reiterating the national government’s willingness to assist us in our endeavor to offer alternatives to face-to-face learning despite the public health situation. We will comply with the President’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available,” excerpt from the official statement of the Department of Education.
Moreover, DepEd suggested alternatives for students to continue learning.
“Meanwhile, the groundwork for blended learning is well underway. Radio, television, online, and modular learning – which are pre-existing methods and were already used for decades – are being prepared and updated for this year. At the same time, teachers are being trained on utilizing newer platforms and innovative tools to aid their professional development,” in the official statement.