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DepEd ready for classes opening with blended learning dry run

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The Department of Education (DepEd) says it can start with its blended learning approach when classes open on August 24.

Under blended learning, DepEd will be adopting the combined use of TV, radio, and the internet as modes of instruction while face-to-face classes will be largely prohibited. Classes are set to formally open on August 24.

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones during a COVID-19 task force meeting, public schools in as many as 345 areas have already conducted dry runs in preparation for the formal start of the 2020 to 2021 school year.

Over 22 million students were confirmed to have enrolled nationwide in private and public schools. Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon provinces (CALABARZON) had the most number of enrollees, followed by Central Luzon and the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

In July, DepEd said it expects the number of enrollees to go up as the enrollment of late registrants has been extended until September, provided learners passed their previous grade level by attending at least 80 percent of the prescribed number of school days and quarterly requirements.

Classes were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were implemented all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte approved DepEd’s proposal to do limited face-to-face classes starting in January in areas that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or have
low cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

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