Christmas break may be delayed for another week for students from public schools in quake-racked areas in North Cotabato, a senior education official said Wednesday.
Omar Obas, the superintendent of the Cotabato schools district, said they were looking into the possibility of extending the Christmas break to December 20 for students and teachers.
Depending on the 2019-2020 school year calendar, the Christmas break is scheduled to begin on December 13. On January 6, 2020, the classes will resume.
Obas said the possible postponement is intended to help students in quake-affected cities catch up with missed lessons due to the nearly a month since October 16 suspension of classes. Nevertheless, the plan is still to be accepted by higher authorities in the DepEd.
Tulunan town had its epicenter in the magnitude-6.3 quake that struck North Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao. After that, three more strong quakes with a magnitude that ranged from 6.1 to 6.6 struck from October 29 until 31 These resulted in landslides in several hinterlands areas, and left at least, 30 people dead, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The quakes left a swathe of devastation as well.
Obas also said one of the reasons they considered for the planned Christmas break postponement was that the construction of temporary learning shelters near quake-hit schools is still underway.
To date, Obas said 293 temporary classrooms were installed in Makilala city, consisting of bamboo poles, galvanized iron sheets, and tarpaulins.
At least 40 temporary learning shelters would be installed in Tulunan in Barangay Daig’s Daig Elementary School and Daig High School.
Obas said funding for the project came from officials ‘ “own pockets” and representatives of the Division Superintendents of the Philippine Association of Schools from across the country.