Classes open on June 6

May 16, 2011, 9:25pm
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that classes for school year 2011-2012 in public elementary and high schools nationwide will open on June 6.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro, citing DepEd Order No. 28, Series of 2011, said that “the school year 2011-2012 shall commence on June 6 and shall end on March 30, 2012.” The Order, which contains the Calendar of Activities for the School Year of 2011-2012, also specified different activities for the school year and indicated the number of school days and number of teaching-learning days.
Luistro reminded school officials to strictly adhere to the total number of school days which shall consist of 202 days. “The total number of teaching-learning days shall be 180 days which shall present the actual teaching-learning days which all schools should strictly adhere to,” he said.
The DepEd chief added that the remaining 22 days of the total school days will be utilized for national and local events and celebrations; national, division, and regional achievement tests; contests/activities authorized by the Regional and Central Offices and class suspensions due to natural calamities and disasters.
“The schools may observe national and local celebrations/activities and holidays other than those indicated in the school calendar provided that the total number of school days and the teaching-learning days are maintained,” he said.
Luistro added that the conduct of these activities should observe the least class disruption as well as the least expensive policy. “Make-up classes shall be conducted to compensate for school or teaching-learning days spent for the said activities,” he said.
The DepEd chief explained that only school and division competitions (academic and non-academic) should be conducted this school year. “The holding of local and non-academic competitions shall be authorized by regional directors only in meritorious cases and upon ensuring that such shall contribute to the improvement of school performance,” he said.
The regions, Luistro added, should also ascertain make-up classes to compensate for the days children or students were not in school.
The DepEd school calendar would be compulsory for public schools but private schools may opt to deviate from this calendar provided they do not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the first Monday of August as provided for in Republic Act No. 7797.

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