MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday that it was studying the possibility of combining online and classroom learning for the next school year as the world continued to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said they are studying various alternative modes of delivering education to students.
“Hindi lahat face-to-face kundi mayroong mga gagawin ang mga bata sa kanilang tahanan, mayroon silang ibang activities,” she said in a virtual press briefing.
“The learning process has to continue whether they are at home or whether they go to school,” she said.
Briones said the DepEd was also conducting an online survey with various stakeholders on the opening of the next school year, which may be moved to August from the usual month of June.
The DepEd is also planning scenarios for the opening of next school year depending on the decisions of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease and President Rodrigo Duterte, she said.
Philippine public schools are known to be overcrowded, with facilities not enough to comply with the recommended classroom-to-student ratio.