CHED prohibits full distance learning beginning 2nd semester of AY 2022-2023

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Under CHED Memorandum Order No. 16 dated Nov. 11, higher education institutions (HEIs) will only be allowed to deliver their degree programs through full in-person classes or hybrid learning.

"Unless there is an approval from the Commission on Higher Education, an HEI cannot offer its recognized degree programs in full distance learning delivery, including fully online modality," the commission said in the order signed by Chairman Prospero de Vera.

HEIs that will deliver degree programs through hybrid learning must allot "at least 50 percent of the total contact time" for onsite learning or in-person classes, according to the CHED.

"For example, for a three-unit course which requires at least 54 contact hours, 27 hours should be spent on a physical learning facility such as a classroom, laboratory and other related learning spaces," it explained.

The remaining contact time can be delivered through distance learning modalities such as "self-paced printed or online learning modules, synchornous/ asynchronous learning sessions, and remote guided peer learning approaches."

HEIs intending to operate graduate and undergraduate programs through distance learning must first secure the CHED's approval as mandated under Republic Act No. 10650 or the Open Distance Learning Act and other related policies, the commission said.

Institutions planning to operate through transnational education must also secure prior approval from the CHED, it added.

According to the commission, laboratory or shop courses with on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs must also be conducted primarily through onsite learning experiences begininng the second semester.

In-person classes were banned in early 2020 due to COVID-19, forcing Philippine schools to shift to remote learning. Colleges and universities have gradually resumed the traditional classroom setup since 2021.

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Credits to: ABS-CBN News


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