DepEd-6 assures school break changes will not impair learning outcomes

By Jennifer P. Rendon

The Department of Education (DepEd) – Region 6 has assured that the recently announced adjustment to the end-of-school-year break for public elementary and high schools will not compromise the students’ educational quality.

This clarification comes amidst the agency’s decision to gradually revert to the traditional school calendar starting with the 2024-2025 school year.

The department has also decided to conclude the current academic year on May 31, 2024, which is two weeks prior to the previously scheduled date of June 14, 2024.

Hernani Escullar, Jr., the regional information officer for DepEd-6, emphasized that the learning outcomes will remain unaffected, as the schools division offices (SDOs) and individual schools will ensure that all learning areas and competencies are thoroughly covered.

“The SDOs will make certain that the schools under their jurisdiction adjust to comply with the order while upholding the quality of education,” he said.

According to Republic Act 11480, the school calendar should span a minimum of 200 days but not exceed 220 days.

Escullar noted that the school calendar adjustment would still adhere to RA 11480.

With the upcoming school year set to commence earlier than in previous years, DepEd-6 conveyed confidence that schools are equipped to manage the preparations for the 2024-2025 calendar.

“The end-of-school-year break provides ample time for us to gear up for the next academic year. We always plan in advance. This is the reason we are conducting Early Registration now, giving the Department enough time to ready the necessary provisions such as learning materials for our students, and to ensure the smooth opening of the next school year,” explained Escullar.

DepEd-6 records indicate that Western Visayas encompasses 4,057 public elementary and secondary schools.

Escullar also mentioned that private schools are awaiting further guidelines to determine if they can commence their academic year earlier or later than the public institutions.

“As of the moment, the amendment is for public schools,” he said.