The Department of Education (DepEd) announced Monday the postponement of face-to-face classes following the President’s directives.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a post also Monday on DepEd’s Facebook page that the face-to-face classes will remain prohibited until a vaccine against the virus is available in the country.

“We will comply with the President’s directive to postpone face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available,” said Briones.

Briones’s reaction was based on the pronouncements of President Rodrigo Duterte on May 25, and the recent on Friday, which states that he is not in favor of face-to-face classes until a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was developed.

In the same recorded address on Friday, Duterte expressed his doubts about the country’s readiness for distance learning but said he would support the plans of the Department of Education.

Meanwhile, education chief, Briones said they have started preparing for the implementation of blended learning, and teachers are also being trained to utilize the new platforms in delivering lessons, she said.

“The groundwork for blended learning is well underway. Radio, television, online, and modular learning – which are pre-existing methods and were already used for decades – are being prepared and updated for this year. At the same time, teachers are being trained on utilizing newer platforms and innovative tools to aid their professional development,” she said.

Briones also added that they are now working with education experts and partners from the private sector to develop, acquire and deploy learning resources and readying their operations based on the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), from the Central Office down to the school level.

The DepEd is now on its work to conduct remote enrollment nationwide.