DepEd 7: First week of F2F classes ‘orderly’

THE first week of the full implementation of face-to-face classes was smooth and orderly, said the Department of Education Central Visayas (DepEd 7).

DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez told SunStar Cebu on Thursday, November 10, 2022, that they have not received issues and difficulties from the division offices so far.

Jimenez called the first week of full face-to-face classes a "success." He commended the principals and teachers for being able to strategize to make the return of full face-to-face classes happen.

He cited Lahug Elementary School, one of the biggest schools in Cebu City, with more likely 10,000 students enrolled, as a very good example.

"They (Lahug) were able to manage the implementation of the full face-to-face classes well smoothly and orderly, so possibly, the more those other schools with a smaller population," said Jimenez.

Challenges

Despite that, Jimenez did not deny that they encountered minimal challenges, particularly the lack of classrooms for students.

Jimenez said there were still some schools that failed to follow the ideal one class to one classroom ratio. He said some had two shifts (morning and afternoon), and in rare cases, some were adding mid-shifts to accommodate all students.

He also said that about one or two areas had classes in tents, adding that the situation is common in provinces as some classrooms and facilities struck by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021 are still under repair.

Another obstacle he pointed out was the unpredictable weather conditions that sometimes bring flash floods and landslides, making students' road to school, particularly in the countryside, difficult.

Antonia Maamo-Lim, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Cebu Chapter, said via text message to SunStar that some schools also had classes in laboratory rooms, lobbies, school gyms, and even covered walks.

“In Abellana National School, some classes are held in laboratory rooms, lobbies, and covered walks. I also received reports that in Apas Elementary School, some classes were held in their gym, and schools in the provinces had classes in tents,” said Lim.

One Covid case

Jimenez also said they received a report about one coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case in a school in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

The child infected was an elementary student, though he was unable to identify the age.

Jimenez said the child has already recovered and only had mild symptoms. (HIC)