There are no in-person classes on October 5, 2023, as formalized in the memorandum issued by the Department of Education (DepEd). The said issuance is in line with the conduct of the National and World Teachers’ Day Celebration.
The unnumbered memo dated September 29, 2023 stressed that the suspension of classes only covers the face-to-face setup. With this, the announcement encourages teachers to shift to various blended learning modalities (i.e., modular distance, asynchronous).
Moreover, the memo emphasizes that the in-person class suspension on October 5, 2023 encourages the teachers to participate in activities in celebration of World Teachers’ Day.
The memo was addressed to Atty. Revsee A. Escobedo, Undersecretary for Operations, all Regional Directors, all Schools Division Superintendents, all other concerned parties, and all public school heads. Furthermore, Atty. Michael Wesley T. Poa, Undersecretary and Chief of Staff, signed the document.
Although the students will not attend physical classes on this day, they are expected to do their lessons using blended learning modalities.
DepEd highlights that the commemoration of World Teachers’ Day is to recognize teachers’ contributions to the advancement of the country. It is also a time to consider the difficulties teachers face and consider how to help and empower them.
The DepEd is aware that teachers play a crucial role in determining the future of the nation. With this, their contribution must be acknowledged and respected.
Moreover, it is worth noting that this class suspension is only formalized by DepEd, not including those in higher education, or those under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).