“We will comply with the President’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available,” Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement June 8.
She also said that DepEd appreciates President Rodrigo Duterte “for reiterating the national government’s willingness to assist us in our endeavor to offer alternatives to face-to-face learning despite the public health situation.”
“We assure our parents, learners, stakeholders, and the President that we are preparing ourselves for this mission,” she added.
She noted that it is a challenging task to prepare schools in a different set-up “but we are committed to our duty to make education available and thriving, even in the most difficult time.”
“The Department is fully engaged in readying our operations based on our Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), from the Central Office down to the school level. We are updating our policies, realigning our finances, and collaborating with our partners so that our goals of providing quality education and protecting the safety and health of our constituents will be achieved,” she added.
She explained that they are continuing to conduct remote enrollment nationwide in order to assess learners’ household information.
“Radio, television, online and modular learning – which are pre-existing methods and were already used for decades – are being prepared and updated for this year. At the same time, teachers are being trained on utilizing newer platforms and innovative tools to aid their professional development,” she explained.
She also said that they are working with the private sector and education experts to make necessary steps logistically sound, especially on the development, acquisition, and deployment of learning resources.
“With a comprehensive BE-LCP and the President’s instruction serving as our guide, we will continue our preparations. Finally, with our stakeholders coming together, we can leap towards achieving our ultimate goal – of making education a symbol of hope amidst doubts and uncertainties,” Secretary Briones said.