DepEd urged to expand F2F classes to other Covid-free areas

Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero(PhotofromGov. Escudero's Facebook page)

LEGAZPI CITY – Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero has expressed hope that the pilot run of the limited face-to-face (F2F) classes permitted by the Department of Education (DepEd) would be expanded to include more schools in areas free from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“Kami sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon ay nagpapasalamat sa DepEd pagkakasama ng isa nating paaralan para sa pilot run ng limited face-to-face learning(We, in the province of Sorsogon would like to thank DepEd for including our schools in the pilot run of limited face-to-face learning). I hope they could eventually expand the list and include more schools from Sorsogon," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Matagal ko nang panawagan sa IATF (Inter-Agency TAs Force) at sa DepEd na sana ay mas palawakin pa ang limited classes na ito. Katulad sa amin dito sa Sorsogon, mahigit 50 porsyento ng barangays ay hindi naman apektado ng Covid-19. Pwedeng magklase subject to rigid health protocols(I have long asked IATF and DepEd to expand the limited classes. Like here in Sorsogon, more than 50 percent of barangays are not affected by Covid-19. Schools can conduct classes subject to rigid health protocols)," Escudero added.

The former senator thanked the DepEd for including Buenavista Elementary School in Sorsogon City’s Bacon District among the 100 elementary schools selected for the nationwide pilot run of in-school classes.

President Rodrigo Duterte gave the go-signal to allow more schools to join the pilot run and DepEd has urged schools nationwide to start conducting self-assessment in preparation for its expansion phase.

The Sorsogon Provincial Information Office (SPIO) reported that the opening of the pilot classes Monday morning went smoothly with the attendance of 10 pupils each for Grades 1 to 3.

It added that some 180 students from Grades 1 to 6 will go to school on a rotation basis.

Aside from the 100 public schools, 20 private schools will participate in the pilot run beginning November 22. (PNA)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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