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NCR, other areas seek Academic Break permit from DepEd

January 14, 2022 - Friday 8:01 PM by Anne Vicente

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The Department of Education National Capital Region has announced that Metro Manila schools will suspend the conduct of classes starting Saturday, January 15, 2022, and on Monday, January 17, until Saturday, January 22, 2022.

The order directed to school superintends all classes shall resume on January 24 to 29 on purely asynchronous distance learning modalities. Primarily DedED NCR aims to ease the health burden caused by the surge of Covid-19 cases to the physical and mental well-being of the school personnel and learners.

It added that teachers are not required to physically report to the school heads for the duration of the suspension of classes.

However, the order reminded the students to use the time to complete their school requirements. The document reads, “The Mid-year Break scheduled on January 31 to February 5, 2022, shall be utilized by the learners to comply with backlogs in learning outputs while teachers are expected to attend to their usual activities including In-service Trainings and other learning related undertakings.”

What is evident in the order is that lost study time will be compensated by conducting an independent study, remediation, enhancement activities, and other related teaching-learning interactions. Even the examinations will happen on a rescheduled date.

Meanwhile, DepED Calabarzon announced classes in the region will be  temporarily suspended from January 17 until January 29.

In Bulacan, the suspension dates are from January 14 until January 27. Olongapo also announced on Friday.

Although many areas have announced temporary classes suspensions, DepED Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan clarified no nationwide Academic Break policy. 

He added only those areas with high COVID-19 cases can assess, and apply for their respective regional office’s approval, “They can do their own self study in those places, they can also get in touch with their teachers if they are ready to continue learning inspite of the suspension, of course, ang mahirap lamang dioyan ay kung yung mga guro mismo ay apektado. Kung ang [angkalahatan na assessment ay hindi kailangan, ay hindi naman kailangan magsuspend.”

He added that temporary suspensions should and must not compromise the learning program of Filipino students.

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