BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the education department disclosed that some one hundred ninety-one thousand six hundred forty-six learners from the different public and private basic education institutions in the region are now actively participating in the limited face to face classes.
Based on the data obtained from the DepEd-CAR, the learners are equitably distributed in some 1,247 public and private elementary and secondary schools in the region where 972 are elementary schools, 235 are secondary and 40 are integrated schools that were able to pass their respective Safety Self-Assessment Tool (SSAT) as mandated by the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases.
Of the total number of learners participating in the ongoing limited face to face classes in the region, some 122,484 are in the elementary level, 61,936 are in the secondary level while 7,226 are in the integrated schools.
Benguet recorded the greatest number of learners in the elementary, secondary and integrated schools with 54,222 learners followed by Mountain Province with 38,219 learners Ifugao – 35,549 learners, Tabuk City – 2,347 learners, Baguio City – 17,374 learners, Apayao – 14,938 learners, Kalinga – 5,902 learners and Abra – 1,095 learners.
In terms of elementary, secondary and integrated schools that were allowed to implement the limited face to face classes, Benguet reported the most number of schools with 375 composed of 303 elementary, 48 secondary and 24 integrated schools; followed by Mountain Province with 276 schools composed of 206 elementary and 70 secondary schools; Ifugao – 255schools composed of 211 elementary, 43 secondary and 1 integrated schools; Tabuk City – 111 schools composed of 82 elementary, 20 secondary and 9 integrated schools; Apayao – 109 schools composed of 83 elementary, 23 secondary and 3 integrated schools; Kalinga – 62 schools composed of 52 elementary and 10 secondary schools; Baguio City – 51 schools composed of 35 elementary and 16 secondary schools and Abra 8 schools composed of 5 secondary and 3 integrated schools.
For the present schoolyear, there are more than 400,000 learners in the elementary, secondary and integrated schools who initially actively participated in the implementation of blended learning that was embraced by the education department to sustain the continuous learning of the enrolled learners amidst the effect of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Under the present set up in the schools that have been allowed to implement the limited face to face classes, the number of learners that will be allowed to attend the same shall be limited in a given time while those who cannot attend the limited face to face classes are allowed to continue with the other learning modalities such as through the available learning modules and online.
The education department expressed hope that the number of elementary, secondary and integrated schools that will be allowed to implement the ongoing limited face to face classes will continue to increase in the coming weeks as there are still schools that are completing their compliance to the SSAT as a requisite to the resumption of face to face classes.