LIST: 20 private schools participating in in-person pilot courses – UNTV News
Manila, Philippines – The first day of the pilot implementation of face-to-face lessons in some schools was “very successful”, said Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), Leonor Briones.
During a public briefing, Briones said 97 of the 100 participating public schools had passed the pilot test.
“The first day of the pilot race was overall a success and we are confident that we can maintain our best practices to ensure the safety of our participating learners and teachers,” she said.
More than 60,000 students and nearly 1,000 teachers and school staff participated in the first day of the pilot series of in-person classes, which took place after nearly two years of closures due to the COVID pandemic -19.
“I am touched by the photos of our learners and teachers expressing their joy, happiness and enthusiasm for this day, when a parent even commented that she had never seen her child so happy and so excited. at no time in his life as a learner than today, ”said Briones.
The other three schools had to delay their pilot reopening after three teachers tested positive for COVID-19 during antigen testing.
Briones said schools would conduct the pilot test on Wednesday after being cleared by local health authorities.
“’Yung tatlong schools are resuming with the opening of kasi bukas authorized for yung teachers. At saka yung, the principal who went to inspect the schools, etc. authorized na rin siya, ”she said.
“Na-test sila lahat, bukas magbubukas na ang tatlong schools, making a total of 100 na talaga schools; 100 percent na tayo and that’s wonderful news, ”she added.
In a separate statement, Briones expressed gratitude to various groups for helping to make DepEd’s aspiration to get students back to school a reality amid the pandemic.
“I am grateful to all the people and institutions, especially our partner DOH and our LGUs, who have supported our efforts to reintroduce face-to-face learning modality in the context of public health,” she said. declared.
“I am especially grateful to our teachers and learners and their parents for participating in this exercise and for strictly observing the prescribed health and safety protocols,” she added.
Briones assured that DepEd is monitoring participating schools to ensure that health protocols are strictly enforced.
“I am confident that we can maintain our best practices to ensure the safety of our participating learners and teachers. Our executives from DepEd also made physical tours of these schools to observe, with the final goal of making recommendations for improving our policies and protocols, ”she said.
In addition to public schools, 20 private schools were also selected for the program. They will be implementing their face-to-face pilot courses from November 22.
“With 20 private schools expected to follow suit next week and more schools to be included in the coming weeks, I urge my colleagues in charge of DepEd as well as our staff and partners not to lose any view of our ultimate goal of resuming face-to-face lessons. soon in all of our schools across the country, ”said Briones.
“Reaffirm our commitment to support these pilot schools while preparing the entire basic education system for a new and courageous world,” she added.
The DepEd said earlier that more schools may participate in the next phase of the limited face-to-face classes, including those in the National Capital Region, depending on the outcome of the DOH risk assessment.
The expansion phase is expected to start by March 2022, based on DepEd’s schedule.