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Opening of classes can’t be moved, Malacañang to Robredo

Opening of classes can’t be moved, Malacañang to Robredo

Opening of classes cannot be rescheduled later than August unless Congress will pass a law to amend the existing law, Malacañang said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after Vice President Leni Robredo pressed the Department of Education (DepEd) to move the opening of classes to a date that schools will be more prepared.

“Well, as far as the actual date of classes, may batas po iyan ‘no. We have to comply with the law which is the last week of August. Unless Congress will pass a law providing that we could open on a later date,” Roque said.

Based on Republic Act 7797, also known as “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) days to not more than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days,” which provides the “school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.”

The Senate already approved Senate Bill 1541 giving President Rodrigo Duterte authority to adjust the opening of classes later than August while the country is still facing a health crisis and national emergency.

The said bill was already sent to Malacañang waiting for the president’s signature or approval.

The DepEd has announced the date of opening of the school year 2020-2021 scheduled on August 24, 2020, while the end of the school year will be on April 30, 2021.

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