In response to “key challenges” in teaching students during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has adjusted the four quarters of school year 2020-2021
In a recent DepEd Memorandum, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said the decision is part of the suggested measures to foster “academic ease” during the Covid-19 pandemic.
San Antonio said DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones has been “closely monitoring the delivery of basic education services” in public schools since October in collaboration with the Executive and Management Committees.
“There is a need to recalibrate the strategy of assigning teaching responsibilities of teachers and learning activities of learners with the assistance of their parents,” he added.
The DepEd extended the first quarter of the school year up to Dec. 12, 2020. The second quarter runs from January 4 to February 27; the third quarter, from March1 to April 24; and the fourth quarter, from April 26 to June 11, 2021.
San Antonio said “December 14 to 19, 2020 will be devoted to In-Service Training (INSET) which may include MELCs (Most Essential Learning Competencies)-based Quarter 2 planning for Distance Learning Delivery Modalities (DLDM).”