THE Department of Education (DepEd) said classes may still be suspended in case of power outages due to typhoons.
This was announced by DepEd saying even as teachers and students shift to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said classes may still be suspended if there are power outages for students who chose online classes as their learning modality.
“Ako personally, ang tingin ko dapat walang pasok sa araw ng bagyo o ‘yung nagre-restore pa [ng kuryente], pero hindi kasing haba ng dati,” San Antonio said in a virtual briefing on Monday.
“But only for those doing online, but for those doing the printed self-learning modules, talagang ‘yung araw lang ng bagyo siguro saka ‘yung araw na nag-aayos pa ‘yung mga bahay pero ‘pag ready na, hindi na extended ‘yung disruption sa pagpasok ng mga bata,” San Antonio added.
San Antonio said the department is also planning to halt the conduct of periodical exams during pandemic in a bid to avoid cheating.
Instead they DepEd wanted to focus on written outputs and performance tasks.
“We are dispensing with the periodical exams in our proposed revised policy on assessment of learning. We’ll do written outputs and performance tasks,” he said.
The DepEd will push through with the scheduled opening of classes on October 5.
The opening of classes was moved from August 24 to October 5.
Around 22.31 million students have so far enrolled in public schools but only 2.08 million have enrolled in private schools.