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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020. 12:28 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the school year and brought uncertainty to students who were set to graduate in June, the Ministry of Education is asking for schools to be flexible with some graduation requirements that were rendered unachievable due to the lockdown regulations.

Dr. Neulin Villanueva, Deputy Chief Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, speaking at today’s session of Ask the Experts, said that schools are being asked to be considerate that requirements such as community service and some exams could not be completed during the school year given the pandemic.

She stressed that under the Education Rules, promotion is not automatic, but that schools should make accommodations for students given the circumstances.

For Primary schools, Villanueva noted that advancement is governed by Education Rules 128 which states that students must complete all the work allotted as far as practicable, but that continuity of learning should be ensured throughout division and level.

“However the expectation is that not all students will be able to complete those requirements and they are expected even when they are promoted to be given the opportunity, to come up to speed with that,” Villanueva said.

 

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