Classes in PH to open on October 5

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Philippine Education Secretary Leonor Briones. (Screenshot: DepEd)

Classes in the Philippines will begin on Oct. 5, the country’s Department of Education announced Friday.

In a statement, Philippine Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the Office of the President approved their recommendation on Aug. 6 to defer the start of the school year. Classes were to reopen on Aug. 24 prior to the announcement.

“We shall use the deferment to provide relief to the logistical limitations faced by the areas placed under MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) and to fill in the remaining gaps of the school opening that we are currently addressing,” Briones said in the statement.

Briones in a press conference said the decision covers both public and private schools. Some private schools, as well as universities and colleges under the Commission on Higher Education, which already opened classes, may continue doing so as long as they follow existing quarantine guidelines.

The move was made after President Rodrigo Duterte enacted in July a law allowing him to postpone the start of classes in the Philippines in the event of a state of emergency or calamity.

The Philippines has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with 147,526 cases as of Aug. 13.