The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday proposed to President Rodrigo Duterte to allow face-to-face classes in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), or those with low-risk cases of coronavirus.
As the opening of classes will push through on August 24, Education Secretary Leonor Briones suggested a limited physical class with only up to 10 persons inside a room as some students do not have access to blended learning modes.
The use of tablets/computers, modules, radio, and television are among the various alternatives under the blended/distance learning approach. Briones also requested to have more water supply in schools, so the students can regularly wash their hands and protect themselves from the virus.
In the same meeting, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III supported the proposal of Briones.
“Sang ayon po ako kung puwede po na aprubahan po ninyo, Mr President, dahil gagawin naman nila sa MGCQ low risk. Ang ibig sabihin po nito number 1 ang case doubling time; kung mayroon man pong kaso doon ay aabot more than 28 days so matagal bago magdoble so kakaunti,” Duque said.
He added that if the areas don’t have recorded cases in the past 28 days, face-to-face classes may be allowed. Duque said the proposal of only 10 students in a classroom is also aligned with the government-mandated protocol of physical distancing.
He also recommended one entrance and exit in schools and the air-conditioning must only be at 26 degrees.
The President has yet to decide on the matter.