THE Department of Education (DepEd) is not only opened to the possibility of adding more years in basic curriculum but also on moving the regular opening of classes from June to September.

“We’re open to exploring this possibility. Maybe this is a good time to talk about it again while we’re studying the K+12,” said DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro.

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Luistro issued the statement after Senator Franklin Drilon filed Senate Bill 2407 seeking to move the opening of classes to September, citing that the June opening results to inconvenience to students, parents and even teachers.

"It has become impractical and unwise to commence the school year during the typhoon season as students, parents and school authorities have to deal with floods, landslides, diseases, lack of transportation and damaged school buildings," Drilon said.

The lawmaker also said that during the rainy season, heavy traffic, particularly in cities, are inevitable due to massive flooding and bad road conditions while schools in affected areas are turned into evacuation centers.

Drilon said that the country will also avoid inconvenience and needless damage to life and property if his proposed measure is approved.

A similar bill (Senate Bill 565) was filed by then Senate President Manuel Villar but failed to get the support of majority of the lawmakers.

Luistro said he has yet to receive a copy of Drilon’s bill but added the DepEd will study it while consulting with other stakeholders before making any decision.

At the same time, he hinted that a decision on the subject may be issued coinciding with the release of the initial draft of the curriculum review on October 5. (AH/Sunnex)