Senate approves the final reading of bill allowing start of classes beyond August
With 23-0 votes, the Senate approved on third and final reading a bill pursuing to authorize President Rodrigo Duterte to reschedule the opening of classes at any date beyond August as the battle against COVID-19 continues.
In the existing law specifically on Section 3 of Republic Act 7977, it states that “school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.”
But some lawmakers would like to amend this provision as we are still facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Senate Bill No. 1541 amends Republic Act 7797 otherwise known as “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from 200 days to not more than 220 class days”.
Once this bill enacted into law, it will give power to the President to move the opening of classes with consolidation with the Department of Education.
It was earlier announced by Pres. Duterte that he will not allow face-to-face classes until the vaccine is available. He cannot afford to risk the lives of students.
On the other hand, DepEd already scheduled the opening of classes on August 24.
Sec. Briones already convened with President Duterte, and the statement of the President as he will support the DepEd plans in continuing delivering education.