DepEd releases calendar for school year 2015-2016

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Classes in all public schools in the Philippines will begin on June 1, 2015 (Photo by Mark Madrona)

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that school year 2015-2016 for elementary and high schools throughout the Philippines will start on June 1, 2015 and end on April 1, 2016.

This was outlined in DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro’s Department Order No.9 which was released last April 1. According to Luistro, students will have 201 class days for the next school year, which is within the number of school days required by Republic Act 7797.

This includes the five-day in-service training or INSET for teachers, which is typically scheduled to coincide with the week where All Saints’ Day falls (it will be from October 26 to 30 this year).

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Classes in all public schools in the Philippines will begin on June 1, 2015 (Photo by Mark Madrona)

Luistro added that private schools can deviate from DepEd’s official calendar provided that they begin classes not earlier than June 1 and not later than August 31. Administrators of private schools must notify the education department in case they do this, the secretary also said.

While schools are allowed to observe national and local celebrations, holidays and advocacy activities other than those listed in DepEd’s school calendar, the number of school days should not be affected.
“Make-up classes can be conducted to compensate for the school days spent for activities deemed beneficial to the learning-teaching process. Likewise, make-up classes are recommended in lieu of no-school days due to occurrence of a natural and man-made calamities,” Luistro explained in the order, adding that the mechanism for conducting these make-up classes must be agreed upon by school administrators and parents.

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