TESDA to resume face-to-face classes in MGCQ areas

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority () said it could resume face-to-face vocational education classes at 50 percent capacity in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) based on a recent decision of the IATF.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), meanwhile, decided to continue full online and distance learning for technical vocational education and training (TVET) in areas that are still under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

The IATF decided on the resumption of face-to-face learning for vocational classes during a video conference meeting last June 19 as the government transitioned some part of the to eased quarantine measures. The IATF amended its omnibus guidelines on the community quarantine and covered the latest rule on vocational education.

“Face-to-face TVET training and competency assessment may be conducted at up to 50% training and assessment site capacity, provided there is strict compliance with minimum public health standards, TESDA guidelines, and consultation with local government units,” IATF said in Resolution No 47, inserting the new paragraph under MGCQ guidelines.

On the other hand, Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) could resume certain training and conduct assessments provided that they would following the required health precautions.

The trainings include full online/e-learning trainings, distance learning for TVET programs, training programs related to agriculture and fishery for food production and processing, and e-learning component of blended learning for TVET programs.

The IATF also allowed are dual training system, enterprise-based training, and in-plant training in establishments allowed to operate under GCQ. Virtual assessment and portfolio assessment through electronic means for specific TVET qualifications are also approved.

TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña suspended the classes in TTIs and TVIs in Metro in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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