The delivery mode of education will dictate the opening of classes in colleges and universities according to the latest guidelines of the government’s inter-agency task force on emerging and infectious diseases (IATF), Malacañang said Thursday.
The task force adopted the recommendations of the Commission on Higher Education, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace press briefing.
The holding of physical classes will remain prohibited until Aug. 31 as per government policy.
“Ang pagbubukas ng klase po para sa higher education institutions ay nakabase po sa education delivery mode,” Roque said.
(The opening of classes for higher education institutions will be based on the education delivery mode.)
Roque said the following guidelines were adopted by the IATF on the opening of classes in higher education institutions (HEIs):
– HEIs using full online education can open anytime.
– HEIs using flexible learning can open anytime in August 2020.
– HEIs using significant residential (face-to-face/in-person) mode can open not earlier than Sept. 1, 2020 in areas under general community quarantine.
– No residential (face-to-face/in-person) classes until Aug. 31, 2020.
Meanwhile, private colleges and universities that are still using the old academic calendar (June to March) are urged to adjust their school calendars and move the opening of their classes to August, Roque said.
“Ang mga pribadong higher education institutes po ay hinahayaang magpalit ng kanilang academic calendar at magbukas sa Agosto 2020,” he said.
(Private HEIs are allowed to change their academic calendars and open classes in August 2020.)
“Patuloy po ang gagawing review ng CHEd sa mga kondisyon at pakikipag-usap sa mga higher education institutions,” he added.
(CHEd will review and communicate with higher education institutions.)
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