May 27, 2020

In an interview with Teleradyo today, May 27, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said enrollment of public school students will continue on Jun. 1. 


“Tuloy po yan dahil hindi naman po tayo pupuwede na walang preparasyon,” Roque said. The Department of Education (DepEd) scheduled a month-long enrollment period for public school students from  Jun. 1 to 30. 

Roque said that the enrollment is part of the preparation for whether classes will resume virtually or physically. 

“Kung dumating po ang punto na sa Agosto ay magkaroon na ng ‘new normal,’ itutuloy po ang face-to-face […] Kung hindi naman tayo umabot sa ‘new normal,’ itutuloy po ang mga klase pero magkakaroon tayo ng tinatawag na ‘blended learning,’” Roque said. Through said program, other platforms such as television, radio and the internet can still be utilized. 

On Monday, May 25, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is not allowing the reopening of classes until a vaccine is developed, contradicting DepEd’s May 11 announcement that classes will resume on Aug. 24.

In an online briefing on Tuesday, May 26, Roque clarified that the president meant that he does not agree with the holding of “face-to-face” classes as long as the country is under community quarantine. 

“Ang ibig po sabihin ng presidente nung sinabi niya wala munang pasok habang walang bakuna […] Ibig po sabihin po niyan habang wala pang bakuna at habang wala pa tayo sa new normal, yung wala nang community quarantine, hindi pa rin po tayo magkakaroon ng face-to-face classroom na mga klase,” Roque said.



Header photo screengrabbed from Presidential Communications Operations Office

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