In the face of objections, DepEd nixes two-week summer break idea

The Department of Education will no longer push through with plans for a two-week summer break, a move that came under fire from students and teachers already grappling with challenges under distance learning.

Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio was quoted last month as saying the Deped was studying the move to give students more time to complete school requirements.

But, on March 3, he said that DepEd is dropping the idea, “noting the objections from our stakeholders.”

He added, “It was among the many options we were considering. [But] we will no longer propose a two-week break between School Year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.”

Many took to social media to air their opposition to the proposal, with students and teachers already exhausted from adapting to a new setup of distance education.

DepEd also announced a month-long extension to the present school year, now ending on July 10 from June 11.

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