July 16, 2021 – To reinforce learning advancement amidst the pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued guidelines to schools and schools division offices (SDO) on the conduct of remedial and advancement classes during summer 2021.

In a memorandum sent to officials and school heads, the Department reminded SDOs to assist schools in determining the appropriate learning modality for remedial and advancement classes suited to the health situation of their community.

The conduct of remedial, advancement, and enrichment classes for Summer 2021 will be from July 19, 2021 to August 21, 2021.

“Remedial and advancement classes must be completed within a six-week period that may include Saturdays. Schools may also opt to shorten the conduct of remedial and advancement classes when the essential learning competencies have already been attained,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones noted.

To ensure the protection of learners, teachers, and stakeholders, DepEd required schools to use distance learning modalities according to the learner’s context, and face-to-face activities are not allowed.

In this connection, modular learning in print or digital format shall be adopted using Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) or Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) self-instructional modules on competencies in subject areas in which the learner failed.

“Teachers may conduct advance or remedial classes remotely with the help of the resources stored in the DepEd Commons and DepEd Learning Resources Management and Development System (LRMDS). This is crucial to help our learners cope up and develop their skills according to Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC) in their grade level,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said.

As mandated, a learner who receives a grade lower than 75 in any subject must be given an intervention through remediation and must pass the said remedial classes for promotion to the next grade level. Alternatively, schools may require the learners to attend make-up classes during the SY 2021-2022.

Meanwhile, Senior High Schools (SHS) may offer advancement classes to SHS learners who opt to pursue their work immersion before SY 2021-2022. Alternatively, SHS learners may take advanced subjects before SY 2021-2022 to focus on their work immersion in the succeeding semester.

DepEd reminded teachers to use the “Interim Policy Guidelines for Assessment and Grading in Light of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan” for the computation of final grades, including the utilization of alternative tools and strategies for assessing and supporting learning for SY 2020-2021.

The Department also required schools intending to offer remedial or advancement classes during summer to submit a letter of request and soon decide on the specific details of classes subject to the approval of their respective SDO.