Metro Manila schools likely to have make-up classes because of APEC holidays

Metro Manila schools likely to have make-up classes because of APEC holidays

Schools in Metro Manila will have to hold make-up sessions during Saturdays in the next few weeks to compensate for the four-day class suspension in connection to the country’s recent hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.

Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro said the schedule for these special classes will have to be decided by the school divisions as agreed upon by school administrators and parents.

”Each NCR division will decide on the most expeditious way of making up for the missed classes as part of the APEC hosting. These have been announced by the respective superintendents when they gave notice of the APEC schedule to the principals,” Luistro said.

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November 17 to 20 had been declared as school holidays in Metro Manila because of the APEC summit (Credits:

It can be recalled that students studying in Metro Manila had four consecutive no-class days last week. Malacanang initially only declared November 18 and 19 as special non-working holidays but eventually, both DepEd and the Commission and Higher Education suspended classes in all levels for November 17 and 20.

As mandated by law, students have to have 201 class days for the entire school year, which for all public schools (and most private schools) run from June to March. Most public schools are now in the third grading period, with the fourth quarter set to begin by third week of January.

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