MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday clarified that it is still crafting guidelines for the possible limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas as part of the blended learning delivery to be used in the upcoming school year.
CHED Commissioner Prospero De Vera III issued the clarification to refute reports that the commission will be conducting pilot testing face-to-face classes starting July amid the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“This is not true and the said reporters may have misunderstood my television interview yesterday,” De Vera said in a statement.
“The IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) last May 13 has approved the opening of classes for HEIs (Higher Educational Institutions) that will use flexible learning in August. So there will be no face-to-face classes in July 2020,” he added.
During the meeting, De Vera said the IATF has allowed the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to have limited face-to-face Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs starting July.
“This is the reason why CHED, in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), is now crafting guidelines for possible limited face-to-face classes in low-risk MGCQ areas as part of the flexible learning system,” he said.
De Vera said the commission is planning to submit these guidelines for the consideration of the IATF in late June or early July.
“If approved, I will personally visit the HEIs who will redesign their classrooms, libraries, auditoriums, cafeterias and other facilities based on health protocols and guidelines and see if limited face-to-face is possible in low-risk MGCQ areas,” he said.
“I will do this in July and recommend to the IATF the applicable policies for the opening of classes in August,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
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