The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said that it cannot require colleges and universities to impose full implementation of face-to-face classes, according to chairperson Prospero De Vera III.

“We cannot require all schools to do face-to-face because there are schools that have been doing distance learning and flexible learning even before the pandemic,” De Vera said in a press conference.

De Vera noted that CHED is not like the basic education program that offer almost the same curriculum.

“Some degree programs really need a lot of face to face especially skills-based programs, while other programs can be delivered by flexible learning so we are leaving it to the universities to decide what is the appropriate mix,” he said.

Starting November 2, all public and private schools are set to follow the five days of face-to-face classes, the DepEd said. 

“No school shall be allowed to implement purely distance learning or blended learning except for those implementing Alternative Delivery Modes as provided in DO 21, s. 2019 (Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program) and DO 01, s. 2022 (Revised Policy Guidelines on Homeschooling Program),” it said.


Ronald Espartinez