No classes from May 2-13 for public schools: DepEd

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Students attend a flag raising ceremoney before classes at Ricardo P. Cruz elementary school in Taguig city, suburban Manila on December 6, 2021, after authorities loosened Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions to allow limited in-person classes in the capital city. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
Students attend a flag raising ceremoney before classes at Ricardo P. Cruz elementary school in Taguig city, suburban Manila on December 6, 2021, after authorities loosened Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions to allow limited in-person classes in the capital city. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

In relation to the upcoming May 9 national elections, classes in all levels of public schools are suspended from May 2 to 13, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday (April 18).

This is in accordance with DepEd Order No. 29, s 2021, which assigns the said dates so teachers and DepEd officers can carry out their election-related duties.

Ang mga guro ay inaasahan pa ring mag-report sa kanilang paaralan sa mga araw na walang election-related duties o activities. (Teachers are still expected to report to their schools on days without election-related duties or activities),” DepEd Philippines said.

During elections, classrooms in public schools are used as voting centers, while teachers serve as inspectors.

There will be a total of 14 days with no classes for public school students as May 1 is declared national Labor Day.

Millions of Filipinos are expected to troop to polling centers on May 9, 2022 to elect the Philippines' next president and vice president and 12 senators at the national level as well as 316 representatives and hundreds of posts at the local level.

There are 10 candidates vying to become the successor Rodrigo Duterte as the next Philippine president including Leni Robredo, Manny Pacquiao, Bongbong Marcos, Isko Moreno, Ping Lacson and Leody de Guzman.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.

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