The Department of Education on Thursday said that 120 schools were being eyed for the implementation of pilot face-to-face classes, subject to President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval.

In a message to reporters, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the number was higher than the 100 schools initially proposed.

“[Education Secretary Leonor] Briones asked for additional allocation for private schools, which explains the additional 20,” he said.

“The [Department of Health] is agreeable to the addition of 20 private schools,” he added.

Face-to-face classes have remained barred since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

Duterte has been consistent in his stance that he would only allow in-person classes once the Philippines achieves herd immunity.

Public school classes are scheduled to begin on Sept. 13. John Ezekiel J. Hirro