BARMM Ministry of Education set to open classes on August 24

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (BARMM-MBHTE) headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal have decided to open the regular classes for School Year 2020-2021 on August 24, 2020, after a vigorous consultation with members of Bangsamoro cabinet and the Bangsamoro IATF on Emerging Diseases.
The announcement was made publicly, and posted at the MBHTEs social media page through a Regional Memorandum no. 235, s. 2020, that says, “The Ministry stresses the importance of continuity of education to the lives of our Bangsamoro learners but we are also reminded that their health and safety are the ultimate and primary priority for the Bangsamoro region.” 

The Ministry however stressed that during the start of classes, it is not mandatory that teachers and learners will undergo the traditional in-classroom set-up. 

“The choice and contextualization of the learning delivery modality of school will depend on the local COVID-19 situation as well as access to certain earning platforms,” the memorandum read.  

It was emphasized in the memo that the Ministry of Education will consider primarily the local public health conditions in adjusting to education system of the Bangsamoro region.

A preventive measure will be also put in place to secure the health and well-being of the ministry’s personnel and learners under the ‘new normal’ situation. 

Before the opening of classes, all schools in the BARMM are directed to formulate strategic policies, regulations and health protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organizations (WHO), and public health standards shall be complied at all times.

The learned that the MBHTE will release the Guidelines for Education Continuity Plan of the Bangsamoro Region once it is finalized.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones made an announcement with the issuance of DepEd Memorandum No. 54 s. of 2020 or the reiteration of advisory on work arrangements in the DepEd in light of the recent developments on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Briones said: “To avoid risks of exposure pending the finalization of work arrangements by the heads of offices upon the issuance of the comprehensive guidelines next week, all teachers in DepEd schools nationwide shall work from home from June 1 to 5, except for those specifically authorized by the Regional Directors to form part of the skeleton workforce who will render work in school, subject to observance of COVID-19 health and safety precautions.”

Briones noted that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in its Resolution No. 40 s. of 2020 dated last May 27, adopted risk level classifications for provinces, highly-urbanized cities, and independent component cities beginning June 1 to June 15, 2020. 
Briones added that the DepEd will be issuing comprehensive guidelines on work arrangements to “take into consideration the current developments and the policies set forth” by the Office of the President, the IATF, and the Civil Service Commission.