DepEd Speaks on Planned Pilot Testing of Limited Face-to-Face Classes

Update on DepEd Plans in Pursuit to Gradually Resume In-Person Classes

DEPED – The Department of Education spoke on its plan to hold a dry run of the limited face-to-face classes in 120 schools.

Aside from the healthcare system, another field that the COVID-19 has greatly affected is the educational system. For several months now, the usual face-to-face classes is suspended in most schools for the protection of the students.

Instead of the face-to-face classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) adapted the blended learning system. The students learn through modules and online classes.

However, truth be told that some people doubt the effectiveness of the said system compared with the face-to-face classes. Meanwhile, the safety of the students comes as the top priority and the blended learning is eyed as one excellent way to meet the demand of the current situation without going for an academic freeze.


Students and parents monitor updates from the Education Department amid talks that the face-to-face classes may resume. In some colleges, the said setup is now allowed.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DepEd is actually planning a pilot testing of the limited face-to-face classes. According to Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, initially, there were 100 schools involved in the dry run.

The Education Department decided to add 20 more schools that include the private educational institutions in the planned dry-run of the limited face-to-face classes. Malauan stressed that the Department of Health (DOH) nodded on the additional 20 schools for the pilot testing.

However, according to the DepEd Undersecretary, they have yet to identify the private schools that will be part of the pilot testing. Also, he expressed that the process will only be released upon the approval of the joint guidelines of the Health and Educational departments.

The plan is part of the Education Department’s pursuit to gradually resume in-person classes. More updates may be posted soon.

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