DepEd: No face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available

The Department of Education (DepEd) heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s call regarding the resumption of classes and confirmed on Monday, June 8, that it would postpone face-to-face classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

“We will comply with the President’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement.

President Duterte emphasized his earlier statement that there should be no classes until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed in a recorded speech aired on Friday.

Maghintay ng vaccine. Walang vaccine, walang eskwela. Secretary Briones is insisting that there is an alternative there. She has a very good program for that, like teleconferencing. The technology is good. I don’t know if we are ready for that,” Duterte said.

Still, the president is hesitant regarding the idea of Secretary Leonor Briones.

“We are talking of students here, it’s millions. Mayroon ba siya? But if she has or if we can afford it, we’ll buy it and she can proceed with her novel idea of how the children can continue with their education,” he added.

DepEd stood firm and said that they are “committed to our duty to make education available and thriving, even in the most difficult time.”

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