President Duterte approved the limited face-to-face classes for other courses in HEIs that were under MGCQ, according to CHED.
President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Tuesday the request of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to allow limited face-to-face classes for five other courses in higher education institutions (HEIs) that were under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
The national government was currently allowed limited physical classes only for medicine and allied health sciences.
CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III announced in a statement that the Palace issued authority for limited face-to-face classes in these courses: Hospitality/ Hotel and Restaurant Management; Engineering and Technology programs; Marine Engineering; Tourism/ Travel Management; and Marine Transportation.
According to De Vera, the urgent need for hands-on experience and the safety of students taking up medicine and allied health courses was the key for the Commission to recommend the expansion proposal.
“The Commission thanks President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the approval of limited face-to-face classes for the said programs in order to contribute to the efforts to boost the economic recovery of the country, as this will directly affect human resource development,” De Vera said.
In addition, De Vera said that the Commission presented evidence to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) proving that there’s only a small percentage of learners and teachers who were infected with coronavirus disease because of strict protocols, putting up crisis management committees, and coordination with local government units (LGUs).
De Vera further pointed out that almost half of 2,000 colleges and universities opened this school year while others were planning to start classes in October or November.
GMA News Online reported that HEIs planning to start limited face-to-face classes may coordinate with CHED Regional Offices.
“I’m convinced that it is safe to hold face-to-face classes and it can be expanded to cover other degree programs,” De Vera said.