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Duterte OKs face-to-face classes in medical schools in some areas

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has approved face-toface classes for some medical courses in areas with the lowest quarantine levels to ensure the country would have enough health frontliners.

These are in medical schools and medical allied programs in higher educational institutions in areas under modified general community quarantine, and for higher education institutes in GCQ areas with base hospitals that cater to COVID-19 patients.)

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Monday said it would soon release the list of medical schools that are qualified to hold face-to-face classes on a limited basis.

CHED has been evaluating the capacity of some medical schools to send third year and fourth year students to physical classes since last year, Commissioner Prospero De Vera said.

In the next 2 to 3 weeks, we will know how many will be approved. Let’s see how many will pass the evaluation.

Among the requirements for the resumption of physical classes in medical schools is the retrofitting of several facilities to ensure that students would not be carriers of COVID-19, according to CHED’s guidelines.

Each medical school in areas under general community quarantine should also coordinate with their respective local governments, De Vera said.

Face-to-face classes in schools across the country have been prohibited since last year to curb the spread of COVID-19.