Why DepEd Should Opt for Modular Classes on Monday, April 8, 2024

Why DepEd Should Opt for Modular Classes on Monday, April 8, 2024

In recent times, the Department of Education (DepEd) has faced various challenges, especially concerning how classes are conducted. With the unpredictable weather conditions, particularly the intense heat experienced this month, there’s a strong case for shifting from face-to-face classes to modular learning. This argument becomes even more compelling when we look at the calendar for the upcoming week in April 2024.

April 6th and 7th fall on a weekend, and immediately after, the 9th and 10th are public holidays – Day of Valor and Eid al-Fitr, respectively. This leaves Monday, April 8, 2024, as a lone school day, sandwiched between non-working days. This scenario presents a perfect opportunity for DepEd to consider modular classes for several reasons.

Ensuring Continuous Learning

One of the primary reasons to switch to modular learning on April 8th is to ensure that education continues seamlessly. With modular classes, students can learn at their own pace without the pressure of a typical school day. This method is particularly effective when there’s just a single day of classes surrounded by holidays. It ensures that learning is not interrupted and provides a bridge over the long break.

Read: List of Schools with Classes Suspended Due to Extreme Heat

Health Considerations

The health of students and teachers is paramount. With the current heatwave, it’s essential to consider the risks associated with gathering in potentially non-air-conditioned classrooms. By opting for modular classes, DepEd would be prioritizing the health and well-being of everyone involved. This approach reduces the risk of heat-related health issues and supports a more comfortable learning environment for students.

Maximizing Resources

Implementing modular learning on April 8th could also be seen as an efficient use of resources. Considering the costs associated with opening schools for just one day – from utilities to transportation – it makes sense to opt for a more economical approach. Modular learning reduces these costs significantly, making it a smart choice from a resource management perspective.

Supporting Flexibility

Flexibility is another significant advantage of modular classes. Students can engage with their lessons at a time that suits them best, especially useful during a period with an irregular schedule. This flexibility also allows families to plan activities around the holidays without worrying about school commitments on April 8th.


Given the unique circumstances of the upcoming week in April 2024, with a single school day sandwiched between a weekend and public holidays, along with the ongoing heatwave, DepEd has a strong case for shifting to modular classes. This move would not only ensure the continuity of learning but also prioritize the health of students and teachers, make efficient use of resources, and offer flexibility to families. It’s a practical, sensible decision that benefits everyone involved. – Mark | Helpline PH

Note: As a parent and the writer of this article, I hope DepEd can see the reasons why they should opt for modular classes on Monday, April 8, 2024.