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No adverse events during NCR face-to-face classes — DepEd

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 12:55 PM December 06, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The pilot in-person classes in Metro Manila, which started on Monday, is going smoothly so far, with no reports of any adverse events, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said.

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“So far, it has been smooth and we have officials of the department that are on the ground both in the central office and the regions,” Malaluan said in a Laging Handa public briefing.

“We have not received any adverse report as of now,” he added.

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Twenty-eight public schools in Metro Manila have started conducting pilot face-to-face classes, following an almost two-year break in the holding of in-person or physical classes due to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020.

Malaluan said this is only part of the additional 174 schools nationwide joining in the second phase of the pilot implementation.

Pilot implementation of in-person classes started on Nov. 15 with 118 participating schools — 100 public schools and 18 private schools.

“Napakahalaga nitong sa NCR (National Capital Region) dahil alam natin na ‘yung character ng NCR as highly urbanized and congested area. So very important ito,” Malaluan said.

(Conducting pilot classes in NCR is important because we know that this is a highly urbanized and congested area.)

DepEd may soon submit its recommendation whether to expand the pilot implementation.

Malaluan said participating schools will submit its assessment of the study and the department will consolidate the report, after which, it would be sent to the Office of the President before the year ends.

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“Since so far ay maganda ang tinatakbo, ang ating ina-anticipate ay ang magiging recommendation na pagpapalawak nito sa expanded phase early next year,” he said.

(Since the pilot is going good so far, we are anticipating that our recommendation would be to expand the pilot early next year.)

Malaluan said Education Secretary Leonor Briones has directed DepEd officials to instruct all public and private schools to prepare for the expansion.

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