DepEd-Davao hopes more schools will open for in-person classes

THE Department of Education (DepEd) hopes more schools, private and public, will hold face-to-face (F2F) lessons next year, according to DepEd-Davao spokesperson Jenielito Atillo.

During an interview with SunStar Davao, Atillo said there are 1,589 public schools and 31 private schools providing F2F classes and while they hope it will increase, he said DepEd-Davao cannot do pressure for schools to reopen as it is at their own discretion.

“We hope everyone will adopt F2F, but it depends on their readiness and policy compliance,” Atillo said.

He added that schools wishing to open for F2F will comply with the school safety assessment tool and other requirements imposed by DepEd-Davao.

“Those who wish to open for F2F can follow the process we have in place for them to open. It does not mean na mag abri ta tanan because there are many things we need to consider,” Atillo said.

Earlier, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said she was pushing for 100% implementation of F2F classes nationwide. But Atillo said it will always depend on each school’s ability and confidence to hold in-person classes.

Throughout the region, there are 2,200 public schools and 498 private schools. There are still 611 and 467 public and private schools, respectively, which are still implementing an alternative learning system.

Regarding the low number of private schools hosting F2F, Atillo said, “We just need to stay focused on the school year during the whole situation. We expect the opening of classes for the school year 2022 to 2023, daghan ang private schools nato na mag participate.

Schools offering F2F classes also did their end-of-school-year duties, including a number of private schools, Atillo said.

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