Central Visayas schools almost ready for opening
Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Public schools in Central Visayas are on the final stretch of their preparations for the opening of classes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Salustiano Jimenez, director of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Central Visayas, said schools are almost ready to open classes based on the assessments of 19 school division superintendents.

“Schools are 95 percent ready,” he said in an interview over DYAR Sonshine Cebu yesterday.

Classes will be opening on October 5 and closing on June 16, 2021. The incoming school year will last for 200 days, the minimum duration required by law.

DepEd-7 is already done conducting virtual simulations of learning modalities to ensure effective implementation of distance learning.

Also, Jimenez said some schools have already distributed modules to students.

“Some schools already distributed modules to students with the thought na mag-start atong August 24. Modules are given ahead of time to ensure that everything kicks off smoothly,” he said.

The opening of classes was moved to October 5 from August 24 to prepare for the transition into blended and distance learning.

Majority of the public schools in the region will utilize the modular learning using self-learning modules (SLMs) in print.

The online, radio-based instruction and education television will serve as supplement learning modalities.

Recognizing the important role of parents to their children’s education this school year, DepEd is now reaching out to them.

Also, there are ongoing orientations on home tutoring. Tutors are expected to assist students whose parents are busy with work or assist parents who may encounter difficulties in co-teaching their children. .

Moreover, parents, who have yet to enroll their children, are urged to sign them up for a formal learning.

“Ang DepEd wala natulog and continues to think of ways on how to continue the learning of the children. This is our contribution to one’s child’s development,” said Jimenez. — KQD (FREEMAN)

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