DepEd postpones opening of classes in Marawi » Manila Bulletin News



By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The Department of Education (DepEd) has postponed the opening of classes in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur to ensure the safety of students.

Residents of Marawi City line up as they get medical and relief assistance at an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao Del Norte, as the number of evacuees continue to rise, May 30 ,2017. Affected residents of Marawi City evacuated their homes and fled to nearby towns to seek shelter and avoid getting caught in the military operations against the terrorist group Maute. (Mark Balmores) Manila Bulletin

This was reported by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella during the second Mindanao Hour press briefing at the Malacañang PalaceWednesday morning.

According to Abella, Education Secretary Leonor Briones postponed the opening of classes on June 5 in Marawi City and moved it to a later date.

DepEd, in a statement, said Briones promptly convened an emergency meeting with Mindanao DepEd officials in Cagayan de Oro City to assess the current situation in Marawi City.

It added that the opening of classes in eight districts from Lanao del Sur, those nearest to the armed conflict, will also be postponed to ensure the safety of students and DepEd employees.

Class openings in Marawi City and other affected areas will be postponed for two weeks at the most, according to DepEd.

Schools that postponed the opening of classes may have classes on weekends to keep up with the national school calendar.

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