DepEd, CHED mulls moving school opening to September

MANILA, Jan. 5 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) are now studying proposals to move the opening of classes from June to August or September, MalacaƱang said Saturday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace is now waiting for the two agencies to come up with their findings and recommendations on the matter.

"We will defer to the position taken by CHED. Sa DepEd, magka-iba ang posisyon ng dalawa when it comes to moving the opening of classes to September (We will defer to the positions taken by the CHED and DepEd when it comes to moving the opening of classes to September)," she said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

"These are proposals being studued by both institutions. Hintayin natin ang magiging resulta ng kanilang pagaaral (We will wait for the results of their studies)," she added.

She said the DepEd and the CHED are separately studying the matter since moving the opening of classes may have different effects on students up to high school and on college students.

The DepEd has jurisdiction over schools up to the high school level while CHED has jurisdiction over colleges and universities.

"Iba ang sitwasyon ng grade school, ang high school, iba ang sitwasyon ng college. Separate ang pagaaral na ginagawa ng dalawang institution (The situation may be different for those in grade and high school and for those in college, so the matter is studied separately by the two agencies)," Valte said. ( (jl)