MANILA, Philippines - Classes for students in public elementary and secondary schools across the country will start on June 4, 2012, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced.
Private schools, on the other hand, may deviate from the schedule for as long as they don’t start earlier or later than the last day of August. Any deviation will have to be reported to the DepEd.
The DepEd has come out with a new school calendar to synchronize all events and teaching-learning activities within the prescribed 200 school days.
The last day of school will be on March 22, 2013 if classes start June 4, 2012.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said schools may observe national, local celebrations and holidays as long as the total number of school days is maintained and that make-up classes are conducted to compensate for missed school days.
He added the school head should also be in school for 200 days.
"We have also allotted five days for in-service training (INSET) break and for parent-teacher conference because these are also very important activities for our teachers and parents,” Luistro said.
The highlights of the 2012–2013 school calendar include the Brigada Eskwela on May 21 to 26 and Oplan Balik Eskwela from May 28 to June 8.
June 9 is the start of orientation on “K to 12” for parents and other stakeholders. DepEd will implement this year its flagship education program.
The first quarter examination is set on August 2 to 3 while the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) is on August 29.
The second quarter examination is scheduled from October 11 to 12.
On October 22 to 25 the students will go on semestral break while the teachers will go through their mid-year assessment and INSET.
Christmas break starts on a Saturday, December 22, and classes resume on a Thursday, January 3, 2013.
The third quarter examination is also set from January 12 to 13.
DepEd will conduct the annual early registration day on January 26.
On March 6, fourth year high school students will take the National Achievement Test and on March 12 to 13, Grades 3 and 6 students will take theirs.
Graduation has been set for either on March 18 or 19, 2013.