Teachers’ group asks VPES Sara to start incoming school year in mid-September

Teachers’ group asks VPES Sara to start incoming school year in mid-September

By Junex Doronio
July 14, 2022

MANILA — Concerned that public school teachers have not rested well enough, the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) has asked Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte to move the incoming school year’s start date to mid-September or early October.

In a statement, TDC national chairperson Benjo Basas stressed that although teachers are willing to perform their duties, but the mandated two-month school break should be observed.

“This is a matter of right. Then we also need to prepare our schools for the full face-to-face classes,” Basas pointed out.

TDC, a federation of public school teachers’ associations nationwide, noted that while the previous school year officially ended on June 24, many teachers are still reporting to schools for academic duties to date for remedial and enrichment classes, and the DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela and in-service training.

Earlier, DepEd announced that the incoming school year will officially start on Aug. 22, 2022, and end on July 7, 2023.

It also said that private schools and state universities and colleges that offer basic education may follow the new calendar, “provided they start classes not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August.”

Basas disclosed that they have requested a dialogue with Duterte on the matter.

In a separate briefing, DepEd Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said the Vice President and concurrent DepEd head already received TDC’s request, and is considering meeting with them.

DepEd’s Department Order No. 34 said all public and private schools should already be holding five days of in-person classes every week by November 2.

The DepEd also said that after November 2, no institution will be allowed to hold pure distance learning or blended learning except for those implementing “alternative delivery modes” of education. (ai/mtvn)

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