DepEd Sec. Duterte on Class Size Restrictions

 When face-to-face classes resume full capacity by November, the Department of Education (DepEd) will not impose a class size restriction, its chief vice president Sara Duterte.

According to Duterte, there is no set class size because conditions in school classrooms vary.

“Hindi kami naglagay [sa department order] ng exact size ng class dahil iba-iba ‘yung situation ng lahat ng mga schools natin. There are no schools na pare-pareho sila exactly sa kanilang classrooms and sa kanilang teachers,” Duterte told reporters.

She did, however, reassure that DepEd would continue to compel schools to guarantee that health regulations, specifically physical distance, would be followed during lessons.

“So ang nilagay natin doon at in-approve din ng Pangulo during the cabinet meeting is that physical distancing shall be implemented whenever possible,” she added.

Duterte was alluding to DepEd Order No. 34, which mandated a switch to five-day face-to-face lessons in all public and private schools by November 2.

“Naglagay lang din kami doon ng guide about eating dahil ito ‘yung isa sa mga instances na nagtatanggal tayo ng mask, na eating together should be prohibited,” Duterte said.

Distance learning and blended learning will no longer be permitted as of that day, per the aforementioned directive.

“Kung limited yung spaces doon sa loob ng eskwelahan, para tayo ay maghiwa-hiwalay habang kumain ay we all eat facing the same direction. So hindi po magkaharap yung mga tao,” she added.

If there are any restrictions, the order's rules forbid students and staff from eating together in the school.

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