DepEd training, seminars suspended until September 17

THE Ministry of Education has suspended training, seminars, meetings and similar engagements that require employees to leave their workstations.

The August 22 memorandum signed by Undersecretary for Education Epimaco Densing III says the suspension will last until September 17.

Densing said the memorandum was issued to ensure that all department officials and employees will devote their time and effort to the opening of classes.

“In view hereof, it is advised that at all levels of government, the conduct of trainings, workshops, seminars and attendance at meetings and other engagements which will affect the conduct of courses and which will require government officials and employees who are essential and have specific skills. roles in opening classes to leave their respective offices, will be suspended until September 17,” the memorandum reads.

He added that only activities related to registration and the opening of classes will be allowed.

“Otherwise, the relevant office must provide justifiable reasons, subject to the approval of the regional director for activities initiated by the school and division office,” he added.

For activities initiated by regional offices, Densing said they must be approved by the supervisory undersecretary.

“For activities initiated by the central office, the activity must be recommended by the office manager, to be submitted to the head of the executive committee,” he said.

Earlier, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte told teachers to focus on academics to deal with learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic when there is no had no in-person classes.

Duterte said some extracurricular activities will not pass this school year to prioritize the student’s academic development.