Edusentro | Briones meets NCR teachers, student-leaders as DepEd eyes expansion of face-to-face classes | December 28, 2021, PASIG CITY – Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones met teachers and student-leaders of the National Capital Region (NCR) as the Department of Education set its plans to implement limited face-to-face classes in more schools in 2022.
As she listened to inspiring stories of hope and success of teachers and learners amidst the pandemic at the Tanghalang Rizal auditorium in Rizal High School (RHS), Secretary Briones said she is hopeful that more schools in Metro Manila and nationwide will be allowed to offer limited face-to-face classes by January 2022.
But Sec. Briones reminded stakeholders that should the agency expand the limited face-to-face classes, schools will still implement blended learning. Currently, 28 public schools are implementing limited face-to-face classes as part of the pilot phase.
“Our version of face-to-face will not be like the face-to-face teachers are used to. Because it still blended with other methodologies because the risk assessment from the Department of Health is very crucial. So if there will be any changes, we should be able to adapt,” Sec. Briones said.
“But we also recognize that face-to-face is very important in the learning process. So whether it will be 1 hour a week, or two days a week. The version of face-to-to face is also influenced by the degree of the risk, the necessity, and the importance of teachers working hand in hand,” she added.
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo heaped praise on Secretary Briones and the Department for championing learning continuity amid initial negative feedback at the onset of the pandemic.
“Maraming salamat at congratulations po sa lahat ng mga nagawa ninyo this time of pandemic, and alam ko po na lalong gaganda pa ang sistema ng edukasyon sa buong bansa natin, at pati na rin po rito sa Pasig habang mas nagiging normal na po ang ating buhay ulit,” Mayor Sotto said.
With almost six months left in her term as Education Chief, Briones shared she intends to meet learners and teachers in every region to personally engage them in improving the basic education system.
After her engagement at RHS, Briones visited Pasig City Science High School (PaSciHS), one of the top performing schools in the Philippines in the last edition of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), to listen to the school’s best practices in attaining learners’ good academic performance. PaSciHS, along with 19 other schools, exceeded the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in the said international assessment.