Classes at the primary school level are scheduled to officially begin on August 24. Several hospitals in Metro Manila – the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the country – have reached their maximum capacity and are « unable » to accept new cases of coronavirus. A Memorandum of Understanding should be signed by the local government and local offices of DepEd or CHED. They need to rebalance how facilities can be used and who will pay for maintenance and damage to facilities. Some private schools, including universities and colleges imaginable, have already begun teaching. De Vera said the Universities Council will factor in the preparation and health conditions on the spot, which is why some decide to open as late as October, while others have already started in June. « Digital learning is counterproductive and anti-poverty. Not only does the Philippine education system favour those who are privileged enough to afford it; It also serves the colonialized and commercialized system that precedes the pandemic, which deprives millions of students of their constitutional right to education, » said the CEGP. Meanwhile, observers say the uncertainty that the pandemic has led people to suffer from fear and mental fatigue – conditions that should be treated by health professionals. Classes were scheduled to begin on August 24, with students learning at home to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19. But DepEd heeded the call of several groups and legislators to delay the opening of education, as more time is needed to prepare for the transition to distance learning.
The DICT has tasked its regional offices to coordinate with the Ministry of Education (DepEd) and the Higher Education Commission (CHED) « for the rapid installation and creation of a free WiFi Internet access service, » the Duterte report said. MANILA, Philippines – Authorization from the Ministry of Education (DepEd) or the Higher Education Commission (CHD) is required before local governments can use public schools as quarantine spaces for new cases of coronavirus and people studied (PUI). In-person teaching has been banned to prevent students and teachers from becoming at risk of becoming sick with coronavirus. Rambo Talabong reports for Rappler on security, crime and the city of Manila.