DepEd eyes break for Cordillera teachers before in-person classes resume

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BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines —Teachers in the Cordillera region can look forward to a month-long vacation before schools conduct full in-person classes, an official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.

Following the complicated school terms for the past two years due to restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, “teachers need to totally rest, even if it’s just for a month,” said Estela Cariño, DepEd Cordillera director.

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“[Teachers] will not have work in mind for a month, and no one will text them to submit reports,” Cariño said at a press conference in Bauko town, Mountain Province.

Like in the rest of the country, schools in the Cordillera were shut down in 2020 and 2021, prompting grade school and high school students to complete workbooks prepared by their teachers at home while their lessons were transmitted online or through television and radio broadcasts.

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Last year, 430,924 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students were enrolled in the region.

A break for teachers, as well as pupils, would help them transition back to conventional classes, Cariño said.