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Classes in Taal-affected areas to resume Feb. 3 — DepEd

classes in taal affected areas to resume feb 3 deped - Classes in Taal-affected areas to resume Feb. 3 — DepEd

EDUCATION SECRETARY Leonor M. Briones has ordered the resumption of classes on Feb. 3 in areas affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption, following Sunday’s lowering of the alert level on the restive volcano. Ms. Briones, in a briefing, said weekend classes will be conducted to make up for the suspension days since Jan. 12, when Taal started spewing ash and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology imposed the second highest alert level. The Department of Education has drafted a modified school calendar, which will be from Feb. 3 to April 6. “We hope that we will be able to comply with the required school days and face-to-face interactions by April… We will be having classes on Saturdays and Sundays with due apologies to our students,” Ms. Briones said. Government data show 644,081 students from 1,018 schools were affected within the 14-kilometer radius of the volcano. As of January 26, 328 schools around the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) Region were still being used as evacuation centers. — Gillian M. Cortez

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