Starting November, all students are expected to return to in-person classes.
This was based on the recommendation of Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte during the first Cabinet meeting of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday.
The President also disclosed that Duterte wants to bring back all students to the classrooms by November.
“[On] September, we will start a phased face-to-face schooling. And that face-to-face will end in early November as already 100 percent —100 percent attendance from the children,” Marcos Jr. said in a news conference.
In preparation for the plan, Marcos Jr. said they would be discussing the vaccination policy for students.
Currently, students could attend limited face-to-face classes even without getting a Covid-19 jab.
He noted they are encouraging younger people to avail of booster shots amid incidents of Covid-18 Omicron variant cases across the country.
“That’s the general policy, we will reinstitute again the vaccination drive so that we cannot at least feel safer when the children go back to school,” the President said.
Aside from the vaccination, he also wants to ensure students will be given free access to public transportation, particularly on the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT 2).
“Students will ride for free on LRT 2, which is going to the university belt [area in Manila],” Marcos said.
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