MANILA, Aug 20 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it is ready for the scheduled opening of classes on Aug. 22.

“All systems go na tayo for the opening of classes,” DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said in a press conference.

READY FOR SCHOOL. Teacher Angela Pozon (right) distributes free bags containing reading and writing materials to students of San Miguel Elementary School in Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Friday (Aug. 19, 2022). School Year 2022-2023 in all basic education public schools will start on Monday (August 22). (MNS photo)

Poa said a total of 24,175 public and private schools nationwide or 46 percent will implement five-day face-to-face classes, while 29,721 schools or about 51.8 percent will implement blended learning modality.

Meanwhile, the remaining 1.29 percent or about 1,004 schools will conduct distance learning.

Poa, citing Aug. 19 DepEd data, said the current total enrollment on the basic education level is 27 million learners, which is 96 percent of the agency’s target of 28.6 million.

DepEd Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III earlier said schools will be given options of in-person, blended, or full-distance learning only until Oct. 31.

After this, all enrolled students will be required to attend face-to-face classes, under DepEd Order (DO) 034, series of 2022.

“This is mandatory, they are all required to go to school and the mandate is really to eventually go face-to-face. Everybody who’s enrolled should abide by the Department Order, parents are also encouraged to ensure that their students go to school. Again, we’re trying to do some educational recovery,” he said.

According to the same DO 034, there are 203 days for Academic Year 2022-2023 for public schools, which will begin on Aug. 22, 2022 and will end on July 7, 2023. (MNS)