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CHED studies flexible mode for courses with internship programs

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is reviewing a possible flexible approach for college courses that require an internship program or on-the-job (OJT) training.

During an online press briefing on July 18, CHED Executive Director Cinderella Filipina Benitez-Jaro said that the commission does not want education to be disrupted amid the threat of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the flexible mode, parts of the curriculum of college courses which can be taught virtually, such as theoretical subjects, will be prioritized during the first part of the academic year, said Benitez-Jaro. “Ibig sabihin, ‘yung mga parte na kaya nating gawin na online, wala pa namang skills-based, wala pa namang nangangailangan ng limited face-to-face classes, ay gawin sa pagsisimula ng academic year.”

(“This means that the parts which we can conduct online, which are not yet skills-based, does not yet require limited face-to-face classes, will be done at the beginning of the academic year.”)

Other parts of the curriculum that require more hands-on tasks such as laboratory courses will be pushed during the second semester, suggested CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera.

CHED, as well as the Department of Education (DepEd), were earlier tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to present a proposal on limited face-to-face classes, in response to the request of concerned organizations to resume physical classes in areas under which have only a few confirmed cases of COVID-19. They are set to make the presentation on July 20.

Classes were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were implemented all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A blended learning approach will be applied as the school year 2020-2021 formally opens on August 24.

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