CHED seeks expansion of limited face-to-face classes on non-health courses

The Higher Education Commission (CHED) said on Thursday that it had proposed to Malacañang limited face-to-face classes in modified general community quarantine (MCGQ) areas and other courses included in addition to health-related programs.

In a congressional hearing on the proposed CHED 2022 budget, CHED President Prospero “Popoy” De Vera III stated that this proposal was already supported by the Inter-Agency Task Force but was still awaiting the President’s approval.

He is looking to expand face-to-face classes in the following courses in the MGCQ areas:

  • Engineering
  • Hospitality / Hotel and restaurant management
  • Tourism and Travel Management
  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Transport

“I went to the IATF to ask that limited face-to-face classes be allowed in certain areas in the MGCQ areas so that certain courses that require practical experience can continue face-to-face,” De Vera said. .

Vera further said, without face-to-face classes, the competencies of the graduates of these courses could be “questioned”.

As of July 2021, De Vera said 13,188 students could attend limited classes while 1,048 faculty members were able to take limited classes at 118 higher education institutions across the country.

Of the number of students, 9,795 were fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, 1,003 were fully inoculated by 1,048 faculty members.

Vera also assured Congress that no hospitalizations and deaths were recorded among the participants in limited face-to-face classes.—LDF, GMA News