The top education official in Central Visayas on Friday assured that health and safety protocols are observed in the distribution of modules to the learners.
The opening of the school-year 2020-2021 is set on Monday (Oct. 5).
Department of Education (DepEd)-7 regional director Salustiano Jimenez said he made sure that schools in the 19 Divisions in the region follow the basic health standards imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Department of Health.
He said parents claiming the Self-Learning Modules (SLM) are advised not to bring their children inside the school premises.
“We have to make it sure this time that DepEd is really compliant on the health and safety protocols,” he said in a radio interview, as he reminded the parents about the continuing curfew for the youth 21 years old and below.
Jimenez said that weeks before the school opening on Oct. 5, the teachers already began distributing modules for the new distance learning modality amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
He said the modules covering the subjects for the first quarter of the school year 2020-2021 have been distributed to the learners despite the challenges in the 19 Divisions of Region 7.
“For the first quarter, our teachers have faced the burden to see to it that modules would reach the learners since we have to adopt a new system because of the pandemic,” Jimenez said.
He also said the DepEd-7 has registered a 100.10 percent enrollment rate this school year as compared to last year, adding that the number of students may still increase as schools in the region are still accepting enrollees.
On Thursday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said DepEd is all set for the opening of classes through its National School Opening Day Program on Oct. 5.
The event will start with a nationwide simultaneous flag-raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m., after which Briones will give an inspirational message and formally declare the opening of the new school year amid the pandemic.
Source: Philippines News Agency