More than 300 colleges, universities resume face-to-face classes

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) said 313 colleges and universities have started to hold face-to-face classes for about 1,000 degree programs.

CHEd President J. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera said higher education institutions (HEIs) located in areas under Pandemic Alert Level 1 are permitted to hold physical classes at 100% capacity .

De Vera said it is easier for HEIs to run classes now that capacity restrictions have been lifted.

He reminded schools to strictly adhere to the guidelines established by the CHEd and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to protect students and faculty members from Covid-19.

Participating students and faculty members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and they must have registered with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Meanwhile, the Kabataan party list welcomed the move to allow 100% school seating, but expressed concern over the commission’s “no vax, no entry” policy.

“Unfortunately, 46% of the students have not been vaccinated. The government should speed up vaccination nationwide instead of punishing the unvaccinated,” said national Kabataan party list chairman Raoul Manuel.

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