Both primary and secondary level private schools have been granted approval to begin School Year 2021-2022, ahead of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) general school calendar for basic education, which has not yet been finalized.
Private schools and non-DepEd schools, such as science high schools and laboratory schools of public tertiary institutions, need only submit the necessary documents to their respective DepEd regional director for approval.
Only public education institutions are mandated to adhere to DepEd’s school calendar and must therefore await its announcement.
Earlier last month, DepEd presented three different dates (August 23, September 6, or 13) for President Rodrigo Duterte to choose from, and designate as the beginning of the new school year.
Duterte has yet to choose, and the final school calendar will only be announced upon his selection.
Furthermore, Duterte recently scrapped DepEd’s third proposal for the implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low Covid19 risk areas, citing that the risk to students would be too great to gamble on.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said that they would heed the President’s decision and continue on with distanced learning throughout the country.
Since its launch, last year around the beginning of the pandemic, DepEd’s distanced learning program has drawn much flak from students, teachers, and parents decrying ill-preparedness, indifference to those without access to both gadgets and the internet, as well as erroneous learning materials.
DepEd recently came under fire after an inappropriate word was found to have been used to describe a Filipino mythological creature in learning modules.
This subsequently led to the House of Representatives calling for the creation of a quality control center for DepEd materials.