Philippines to launch pilot plan to re-open up to 120 schools hinh anh 1People wear masks in Manila, the Philippines. (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
Manila (VNA) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the resumption of face-to-face classes in areas with low risk of COVID-19 infections, with up to 120 schools joining a two-month pilot reopening run, according to the Ministry of Education.

The Philippines is among 17 countries across the world where schools have been closed throughout the pandemic, said a report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said face-to-face learning will be limited to 3-4 hours per session, with consent from parents and guardians required.

The pilot will cover 100 public schools and 20 private institutions, limiting class size to 12 learners in kindergarten, 16 in grades 1-3, and 20 at senior high school level.

The pilot will begin as soon as possible, depending on the readiness of schools, she said./.