2 weeks only? DepEd mulls shortening summer break to extend school year

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) said it is looking at the possibility of shortening the learners' summer break to extend the academic year.

2 weeks only? DepEd mulls shortening summer break
DepEd plans to resume classes immediately after short summer break | Photo Courtesy: DepEd

Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio already set up the expectations of students that they will not have a long break this year as the agency wants classes to resume immediately.

“Hindi na magkakaroon ng mahabang break sa pagitan ng dalawang taong pasukan. Baka dalawang linggo lang. Pag-uusapan din ‘yan,” San Antonio said in a televised interview on Wednesday, February 17.

According to the DepEd official, they are also discussing extending the last quarter by two more weeks to give learners more time to catch up on school work and requirements. If this proposal gets approved, the school calendar will have to be adjusted again.

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“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,” San Antonio said.

The Education agency revealed that the proposal was based on the findings of their field report that there are still students having troubles with the submission of requirements. According to the report, while 99 percent of learners were able to cope up with the school requirements, there is still one percent who needs to be given extra time.

“Pero ‘yun kasing less than 1 percent sa 20 something million na learners is also a significant number. Hindi naman dahil nakakapag-submit, natututo,” San Antonio stated.

The announcement has caused a stir on social media both for learners and parents. While the intention of the agency may be good, many students aired their exhaustion and said they couldn't wait for the school year to be over.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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