MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is open to proposals of moving schools' opening to September, but only after a careful study.
In an interview with dzMM, Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro said moving the school opening to September will benefit university and college students, especially with ASEAN integration in mind.
In the elementary and high school levels, however, there is no student mobility that would require moving the opening of classes to September.
"Tiningnan namin ang mga bagyo at saka mga baha, para naka-spread out siya sa iba't ibang buwan, may mga malalakas na bagyo rin tayo sa September, October hanggang December," he said.
"Para sa DepEd, titingnan po namin kung ano ang magiging development sa higher education. Bukas po kami riyan."
However, Luistro does not see the urgency of deciding on the matter. He does not see any changes in the opening of classes this school year.
"Kung gagawin namin ito, baka gagawin namin ito gradual, baka by next year," he added.
If the new policy will be implemented, one of the problems that students and schools will face is the intense heat during the months of April and May. Luistro said that they are not ready for it, and there are some schools in the country without airconditioning units or electric fans.
The Palace earlier said it is open to the proposal, but left the decision to Congress.