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PIA Press Release
2009/10/09

Reduced contact hours don't affect quality education, says DepEd

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (9 October) -- Education Secretary Jesli Lapus stressed that reducing contact hours in school will not, in any way, affect quality education.

"The quality of teaching and learning are non-negotiable. Educators know what they are doing, thus, I believe that despite lesser contact hours the students still get quality education.", he said.

Recently, through DepEd Order 90 series of 2009 students in the second shift or afternoon classes are allowed to go home early and for fist shift students not to leave their homes early in the morning.

However, Lapus clarified that only those schools with two shifts will implement this scheme especially if the school head recognizes the need.

The DepEd order cited that contact hours are shortest for Grades 1 and 2 at only four hours a day. Grade 3 pupils will have four and a half hours having Science and Health as a stand alone subject at 40 minutes contact time. Filipino and Sibika at Kultura subjects are reduced by 10 minutes.

Grades 4 to 6, on the other hand, will have five hours where Filipino becomes a stand alone subject without any integration.

Since 2001, school heads and teachers started prior training on integration of subjects. Schools received prototype lesson models were distributed to schools for the integration of concepts on environmental management, personal safety, and financial literacy in subject areas where they fit.

Lapus also said that not all elementary schools implement shifting schedule. Only 30 percent of the total number of schools follows the shifting mode. (PIA XI) [top]

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