DepEd to push for extended 2020-2021 school calendar

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The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Thursday that it would release an adjusted school calendar for the 2020-2021 academic year.

According to DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio, specific school-related activities could be moved to other dates. A total of 200 school days are required
by law for the school year.

Classes were originally planned to open on August 24, before it was deferred to October 5, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of DepEd’s recommendation to move the opening of the
2020-2021 school year. DepEd’s proposal was made in response to the implications of having a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) implemented in Metro Manila and in provinces.

School activities were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were enforced all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under blended learning, television, radio, and
the Internet are combined as modes of instruction as face-to-face classes will be largely prohibited.

Photo: Facebook/DepEd Philippines


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