Saturday, July 18, 2009

School days get a beating

he Department of Education (DepEd) urged public schools Friday to cancel their annual semestral break and conduct Saturday classes to make up for lost time after monsoon rains and the Influenza A(H1N1) virus have forced numerous class suspensions.

Frirday, the DepEd again suspended classes in public and private schools in preschool, elementary and high school levels in the National Capital Region (NCR) due to heavy rains caused by tropical storm "Isang." Although no storm signal was announced in the area, heavy rains flooded parts of Metro Manila.

It is the second time this week that the DepEd suspended classes and the fifth time this school year in the NCR.

"As a make-up, 'yung mga schools lang na kailangang mag habol. I think that's more than one week (semestral break), at kung mag Saturday baka makuha na," Lapus said in an earlier interview.

The make-up classes will ensure that the schools complete the required 204 school days this school year, he said.

Weather-related class suspensions are determined based on the guidelines set by the DepEd based on the Typhoon Signals System of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (PAGASA).

In Storm Signal No. 1 classes are automatically suspended in the pre-school level in all public and private schools. In Storm Signal No. 2 classes are automatically suspended in pre-school, elementary and secondary levels in all public and private schools.

In the absence of storm signal warnings from PAGASA, localized suspension of classes in both public and private schools in all levels can be decided by the local authorities, such as the local government and also DepEd regional directors.

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