DepEd to implement emergency education program

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THE Department of Education (DepE) will implement a new program where students can still attend lessons in evacuation centers following the extended suspension of classes in many areas due to heavy rains and floods earlier this year.

Basilio Bacuyag, DepEd disaster action officer, said the new policy will take effect in areas hit hard by floods and other calamities.

The program, dubbed as “Education in Emergencies,” involves the teacher gathering students in an area of the evacuation center and proceeding with the lessons.

Bacuyag said that if there is declaration of suspension of classes in a “long” period of time, teachers “should gather their students in an area in the evacuation center if they are all evacuated to continue their learning process and complete the desired number of school days.”

The present school year has 200 days, 180 of which are non-negotiable “student-teacher contact time.”

However, in some areas of Bulacan and Mindanao, classes were suspended for two to three weeks earlier this year due to floods and bad weather conditions.

Bacuyag said the DepEd will also take into consideration the condition of the teachers, especially those living in areas affected by floods and other calamities.   
Arlene Rivera


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