The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has ordered higher education institutions (HEIs) to transition out of full online learning and hold at least 50 percent of their classes face-to-face (F2F) beginning the second term of the ongoing academic year.

CHEd Memorandum Order No. 16 directed HEIs to conduct at least 50 percent of the total learning hours on-site, should they opt to use hybrid learning in the second term.

“For example, for a three-unit course which requires at least 54 contact hours, 27 hours should be spent on a physical learning facility such as a classroom, laboratory, and other related learning spaces,” the memorandum read.

Flexible learning strategies such as modules and synchronous and asynchronous sessions may be used for the rest of the contact hours.

The CHEd also mandated on-site classes for laboratory courses, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship program, as well as the resumption of the National Service Training Program’s community-based implementation.

HEIs will only be allowed to remain in a fully online setup if given approval by the CHEd.

CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera III issued the memorandum on Nov. 11. It took effect the same day. John Ezekiel J. Hirro