DepEd extends last day of classes to July 10, 2021

CALOOCAN CITY, March 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has amended the original school calendar by officially extending the current school year in public elementary and high schools by almost a month to July 10, 2021.

DepEd said the move aims to address the learning gaps in basic education amid the synchronous and asynchronous learning due to COVID-19 pandemic, and to give teachers additional time to handle different learning modalities.

“There has been an identified need to address learning gaps in order to meet the required essential learning competencies,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in DepEd Order No. 012, s. 2021 on Tuesday, March 2.

“These learning gaps are attributable to reduced academic opportunities at home and substantial loss of live contact with teachers,” Briones added.

Based on the order, the amendment to the original school calendar aims to “address the learning gaps and to give additional pedagogical time to teachers for the different learning modalities.”

The third grading period, which is supposed to start last Monday, March 1, will be deferred to March 22 to give time to these efforts to address the said learning gaps.

Based on the new schedule, schools shall conduct intervention and remediation activities from March 1 to 12 to support learners based on their needs as determined through the results of different assessments.

“These intervention and remediation activities shall be indicated in the two-week home learning plan to be prepared by the teachers, with the assistance of the assigned learning support aides as applicable,” the order read.

Teachers will also attend a professional development program through an In-Service Training (INSET) from March 15 to 19.

The end of the third grading will be moved to May 15, from the previous April 24. Meanwhile, the fourth grading will be from May to July 10, from the previous April 26 to June 11.

“The additional two-week period shall be compensated by a similar adjustment in the school break between S.Y. 2020-21 and S.Y. 2021-2022,” the department added.

The DepEd, however, has yet to release the schedules for the school break, summer or remedial classes and the opening of classes for the next school year. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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