Philippines to reopen 120 schools

In a pilot ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines will reopen up to 120 schools for limited in-person lessons. However for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began, authorities announced Monday.

While virtually every other country has partially or completely reopened schools for face-to-face instruction. Also the Philippines has kept its schools closed since March 2020.

“We have to pilot face-to-face (classes) because this is not just a problem for education.  Also for the emotional health of the children,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque told reporters.

“It’s also an economic issue because if we don’t have face-to-face (lessons), we could lose a generation.”

Up to a hundred public schools in regions with a “minimal risk” of viral transmission. Which Will be allow to participate in the two-month study, according to rules authorized by Duterte on Monday.

A total of twenty private schools are eligible to participate.

Philippines Precautions for reopening schools

Children in kindergarten through grade three. As well as senior high school students, will be able to attend classes. However the number of students and hours spent in face-to-face lessons will be under limit.

Schools that desire to participate will be judge for readiness. Also they will require permission from local governments to reopen. Parents’ written consent will be require.

“If the pilot class proves to be safe and effective, we will gradually expand it,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

Previous proposals for a pilot reopening of schools got reject by Duterte. In addition due to concerns that children would catch Covid-19 and infect elderly relatives.

However, the United Nations Children’s Fund and many teachers have been calling for a return to in-person learning. However citing concerns that the prolonged closure is exacerbating the country’s education crisis.

When the pilot will begin and which schools will be involve are unknown.


A “blended learning” program will be under work. Which includes online classes, printed materials, and lessons broadcast on television and social media.

France Castro of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers said the decision was “long overdue.”

Fifteen-year-olds in the Philippines were at or close to the base in perusing, math and science. As per information from the Organization for Economic Co-activity and Development (OECD)

Most understudies go to state funded schools where enormous class sizes, obsolete showing techniques. Which are in absence of interest in fundamental foundation like latrines. Also destitution have been in fault for youths lingering behind.

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