The Department of Education (DepEd) said the regular two-month summer vacation will have to be shortened, possibly to two weeks, a department official said in Wednesday.
“Hindi na magkakaroon ng mahabang break sa pagitan ng dalawang taong pasukan. Baka dalawang linggo lang. Pag-uusapan din ‘yan (There won’t be long break anymore between the two schoolyears. Maybe, the vacation break will only be two weeks. That will also be discussed),” DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said in a television interview.
He said DepEd may also extend the current school quarter by two weeks so students will be given more time to complete their requirement in the light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Kami may balak na mag-propose na dalawang linggo ngayong quarter, so ibig sabihin magmo-move ‘yung school calendar ng dalawang linggo pag na-approve ito (We intend to propose an extension of two weeks for the current quarter, so that means the current school calendar will be moved by two weeks if approved),” San Antonio said.
Reports reaching the department showed that 99 percent of students were able to submit school requirements even with the Covid-19 pandemic. But San Antonio said DepEd was still concerned over the 1 percent who were not able to submit their requirements.“Pero ‘yun kasing less than 1 percent sa 20 something million na learners is also a significant number. Hindi naman dahil nakakapag-submit, natututo (But that less than 1 percent out of some 20 million learners is also a significant number. Not all of those who submit requirements have learned their lessons),” he said. SOVEREIGNPH