The Department of Education (DepEd) authorized school authorities to decide whether students need to attend make-up classes every Saturday after five days will be cancelled in November to give way to the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit which will be held in the country.

According to Education Undersecretary Tonisto Umali, the current academic calendar has 204 school days. In that number, 180 days are considered ‘non-negotiable’ which means students are obliged to attend classes, while another 24 days serve as buffer days which students may use to make-up for days of classes suspended due to such instances of bad weather.

Umali revealed that currently, there are more class suspensions in Metro Manila as compared to provincial schools, but only 15 out of the 24 buffer days were used.

“We leave the decision to hold make-up classes to the schools in coordination with the school division offices,” he said.

It can be recalled that Malacañang Palace declared November 13, 14, and 15 as special non-working holidays in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga for the 31st ASEAN Summit, while Metro Manila Mayors have agreed to also suspend classes on November 16 and 17 also due to the summit.