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CHED eyes December to start limited in-person classes in Alert Level 2 areas

/ 02:52 PM November 15, 2021
The CHED may start the limited in-person classes in all degree programs of higher education institutions in Alert Level 2 areas in December.

Commission on Higher Education’s Prospero de Vera III. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is targeting to start the implementation of limited face-to-face classes in all degree programs of higher education institutions in areas under Alert Level 2 by December, but the final decision will still depend on the decision of the school and local government units (LGUs).

During the briefing of the House committee on higher and technical education, CHED chairman Prospero De Vera said they have already submitted this proposal before the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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“We are targeting initially all regions under Alert Level 2 to start by December and by January all regions under Alert Level 3. This is the proposal that we have submitted to the IATF,” De Vera said.

“Yung mga handa na, ‘yung gustong magsimula, December puwede na. ‘Yung mga iba ang realistically, I think many of the schools will do it at the start of second semester kasi hindi na nila mabago ‘yung kanilang mga tinuturo for the first semester kasi patapos na,” he added.

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(Those that are already ready to begin, they can start by December. The others will begin by second semester because they can no longer change whatever they have started in the first semester, which will end soon.)

Nonetheless, De Vera said it is still the institutions and LGUs that will have the final decision on when they will implement face-to-face classes in their areas.

CHED earlier announced it is allowing face-to-face classes at 50 percent capacity in areas under Alert Level 2 such as Metro Manila as long as faculty members and students are fully vaccinated and approval from the respective local government unit (LGU) has been secured.

“If they are ready, we can inspect them even tomorrow. That’s why we are holding the town meeting in the different universities para malaman namin kung sino na ‘yung handa para mauna na silang inspekin [so we’ll know the others that are ready so we begin the inspection],” De Vera said.

“So it’s not the CHED who will decide when it will start, it is the schools who will decide whether they’re ready,” he added.

Four guidelines have to be followed for the conduct of the limited face-to-face classes including:

  • Fully vaccinated faculty and students
  • A maximum of 50% room capacity
  • Concurrence/support from LGUs concerned
  • Retrofitting of facilities to be used for limited face to face classes as inspected and authorized by CHED
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