DepEd: No more final exams for WV public schools under community quarantine

first_imgMANILA –Public schools in Western Visayas that were suspended by theirrespective local government units (LGUs) due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) outbreak will no longer be permitted to hold final examinations fortheir students, the Department of Education (DepEd) said. Schools which continue to hold classes, meanwhile, must conduct theirexams this week but on a “staggered basis.” Students should only come to schoolin varying schedules to take the tests. The schools prevented from holding the fourth quarter exams are directedto apply a specific set “grading formula” for the computation of the finalgrades of the affected learners in the last quarter of the school year, DepEdsaid in a memorandum released Monday. The schools, in consultation with the Parents-Teachers Associations,may also opt to reschedule or forego holding of the rites, “should the publichealth situation prevent the holding of the rites within the said period.” Several LGUs in this region then followed by placing their areas under“community quarantine” in accordance with the President’s order to avoid “massgatherings.” Classes in Manila have been earlier suspended until April 14 byPresident Rodrigo Duterte to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other parts ofthe country. DepEd added that public schools will still follow the Policy Guidelineson Classroom Assessment for the K to 12 Basic Education Program for FourthQuarter grade. Further academic requirements, if any, shall be done ashome-based assignments.center_img Teachers are not required to report to schools unless ordered by theSchools Division Superintendent. They are also encouraged to use online portalsidentified by DepEd to continue lectures with students and perform their tasks. DepEd also reiterated that in the graduation or moving up ceremoniesset on April 13-17, people should apply proper social distancing rules. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones on March 15 released the new guidelines,citing that exams for the fourth quarter, scheduled from March 16-20, “will nolonger be administered” in areas with suspended classes. Private schools, meanwhile, were strongly encouraged to apply the newguidelines by DepEd./PNlast_img read more

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AFCON 2017: Black Stars to know opponents today

first_imgThe Black Stars will today know their group opponents for the qualification tournament of the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.The draw will be held in Cairo immediately after the announcement of the host nation for the tournament. The qualifiers for the 31st edition of the AFCON will begin this midyear in the FIFA international window from June 8-16.For the first time the host country will participate in the qualifying stages for the AFCON.However, the matches concerned will not count for any points in their group, and will instead be classified as friendlies.Fifty-two teams will be divided into 13 groups of four teams each. A four-tiered seeding system will see one team from each tier allocated per group.The top team in each group will qualify for the tournament finals, as well as the best two runners-up – excluding the group involving the host country, from which only one team will qualify. The Black Stars failed to win the 2015 edition which was held in Equatorial Guinea, as they were beaten  by Ivory Coast on penalties in the grand finale.–Follow Tony  on Twitter: @tonybeblilast_img read more

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