ONLY 11 out of Cordillera’s public schools will be allowed to continue blended learning as the region returns to five-day in-person classes, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
The 11 schools were allowed to continue offering blended learning instead of returning to full face-to-face due to ongoing repairs and construction work brought about by recent calamities, Cyrille Miranda, spokesperson for DepEd in Cordillera, said on Tuesday.
Miranda said that schools do not currently see or anticipate an increase in enrollment for the new school year.
According to Estela Cariño, DepEd Cordillera director, blended learning is still allowed in extreme cases. The region had recently been hit by both Severe Tropical Storm Paeng and two earthquakes in the past three months, with Abra province as the epicenter.
The magnitude 6.4 tremor on Oct. 25 damaged 66 Abra schools and two schools in Mountain Province, according to DepEd. Abra was also the epicenter of the magnitude 7 quake on July 27, which destroyed 218 Cordillera classrooms.
In Abra, only Abra National High School will apply blended learning that combines traditional and digital classroom lectures and home assignments. Kias Elementary School, Rizal National High School, and Roxas National High School have been permitted to employ blended learning in Baguio City.
Blended learning will also be offered at Tuding Elementary School, Alejo Pacalso National High School, Ambangeg National High School, Ampucao National High School, Benguet National High School, Loo National High School, and Natubleng National High School, all in Benguet province.