The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued guidelines for the grading and assessment of students, and an updated calendar for school year 2020-2021 as the Philippine education system shifts to distance learning due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Classes in public schools opened on Monday with Education Secretary Leonor Briones declaring “victory” against COVID-19 in terms of pursuing the studies of learners.
According to Department Order No. 30, School Year 2020-2021 would start on Oct. 5 and end on June 11, 2021.
Christmas break will be scheduled on Dec. 19, with the resumption of classes set on Jan. 4, 2021, based on the calendar.
The DepEd order also noted that teachers can still administer quizzes and long or unit tests, as well as performance-based tasks such as skill demonstrations, group presentations, oral work, multimedia presentations, and research project for School Year 2020-2021.
The DepEd had earlier said it would do away with periodic exams for this school year.
While the DepEd order covers public schools, the agency also urged private schools, technical and vocational institutions and higher education institutions offering K-12 basic education to follow the education department’s grading and assessment guidelines for students.
Some 22.5 million students enrolled for this school year which saw the transition to distance learning. Students will learn their lessons with the use of printed learning modules, online classes, and radio and television broadcast.
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