Romero, Alexis

Palace firm on August 24 opening of classes / Alexis Romero. --Manila : The Philippine Star, 2020.

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MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is firm on its decision to start classes on Aug. 24 despite concerns that some areas are not ready for blended learning because of lack of reliable internet access.

“Well, as far as the actual date of classes, there is a law. We have to comply with the law, which is the last week of August. Unless Congress (passes) a law providing that we could open on a later date,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday.

Section 3 of Republic Act No. 7797 states that the school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has adopted blended learning, which uses the internet, television, radio and modules, this school year as it is risky to hold face-to-face classes because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones has said the target is to open classes on Aug. 24, arguing that the students should not be left behind in terms of learning despite the health crisis. = The Philippine Star

Deped. Opening of classes. Palace. Covid-19 pandemic.

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