MANILA, Philippines-After drawing much criticism, the Department of Education ruled out on Friday a proposed three-day school week schedule planned by its field officials for some Caloocan City public schools to alleviate the problem of congestion.
With schools set to reopen on Monday, DepEd officials said they would work out a student transfer and shuttle service arrangement instead for overcrowded schools in Valenzuela City, Caloocan City and Quezon City.
"We will not implement the three-day school week this school year because we haven't finished our study," Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo said at a news conference Friday.
In their last news conference on Tuesday, DepEd officials said some congested Caloocan City schools considered dividing its student population in half and have each group come to school alternately.
While parents have opposed the idea, DepEd officials indicated they would hold on to the plan as a "worst-case scenario" should the schools be unable to handle the influx of late enrollees on school opening on June 2.
"We didn't change our mind. We said this is one of the options for all these crowded schools," Mateo said.
He said among the problems they see in cutting school days from five to three are whether the pupils' attention span can cope with longer class hours every day, the impact on the teachers' working hours and "resource requirements."