The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that holding classes to make up for the numerous cancellations due to inclement weather will be up to the administration of public schools.
Make-up sessions, usually held on Saturdays, are not necessary in public elementary and high schools because the current academic calendar have more days, according to DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo.
He also said that it will be up to the parents, principals, and other stakeholders to decide whether the school will conduct make up sessions to catch up with the missed classes.
There is a total of 202 school days and a 5-day in-service training break in the current academic calendar for public elementary and high schools. This also includes the 9-day semestral break, as well as an 11-day Christmas break.
Mateo added that school officials will have to adjust their respective academic calendars to make sure that the lessons will not be affected because of the class suspensions.
In the past, the department has suggested alternative ways to make up, such as after-school or take-home lessons.
“Make-up classes are recommended in lieu of class cancellations due to occurrence of natural and man-made calamities. A mechanism for having make-up classes must be agreed upon by the school administrators and parents,” said DepEd in a department order.
Classes were suspended for a number of days in Metro Manila and nearby provinces due to the heavy rain pour bought by the southwest monsoon.
In line with this, DepEd urges the public to report any incident of damages on school buildings caused by the rain or flooding in some area.
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