In an interview, Department of Education (DepEd) Usec. Diosdado San Antonio said that an academic freeze or the cancellation of the school year would have a “massive impact” on the lives of students “economically” for it could hamper “their capacity to earn.”

“We can’t afford to withdraw the opportunity of our youngsters to be able to learn. We will make this available. We will also continue to make it flexible, and we will make adjustments, mindful of the idea that we will enable the child to really learn the most foundational skills, the most essential ones that they will find useful later in their lives,” said San Antonio.

Recognizing the distance learning burnout students are currently experiencing, the DepEd official bared that the agency would implement an “academic ease” or make activities in a “less burdensome way.”

San Antonio added that they instructed teachers to adjust the number of student requirements and the deadlines of submission to a “more reasonable time.”

Following the onslaught of typhoons, students in affected communities lost their access to electricity and internet connection, aside from practically becoming homeless.

On the schools’ side, learning modules were either washed away by flood or soaked in water due to heavy rains. At least 226 schools were also destroyed. These setbacks triggered anew calls for an academic freeze in the country.

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