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DepEd Studies Implementation of Saturday Classes

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The Department of Education has confirmed that it is studying the possibility of holding classes on Saturdays.

During the hearing of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, DepEd Director Leila Areola stated that classes will not necessarily be held every Saturday but will be selective.

According to her, this has not been finalized yet, and consultations with teachers, students, and other stakeholders are needed, expected to be completed this month.

Areola explained that the school year will begin on July 29, 2024, and end on March 31, 2025.

The school year 2025-2026 will start in June of the following year as part of the return to the old school calendar.

This means that there are 163 school days in the academic year, so to reach 180 days, Saturday classes may be conducted.

However, Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo questioned whether there is a department order or existing law stating that there should be 180 days of classes.

In response, the DepEd official stated that there is no such law, although based on data from the school year 1993–1994 until the present, the average number of school days is two hundred and three days.


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