Studes Can Go On Field Trip Again

Following the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) lifting of its educational tours and other off-campus activities in public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEI), the Department of Education (DepEd) has been urged to come up its new set of rules for field trips.

"We are hoping that the DepEd will come out with their (new) set (of) guidelines on how to manage school field trips such that we can resume the hosting of field trips to elementary and high school," said Mario Mamon, chairman and president of Enchanted Kingdom in an event recently.

In a CHED Memorandum Order signed by Chairperson Patricia Licuanan on July 25, 2017, the ban was deemed lifted and all HEIs were urged to abide by the set of policies for school trips “in order to develop holistic experience of students.”

Last February, CHED issued the moratorium following the deadly bus accident in Tanay, Rizal, where 14 students and the bus driver were killed and dozens severely injured.

DepEd followed suit in March 2017 and imposed Memorandum No. 47, series 2017 to all public elementary and secondary schools until review and revision of related policies have been finalized.

Meanwhile, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones vowed to review the new guidelines to ensure the safety and security of students.

On the other hand, the CHED memo was lauded by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as a welcome development.

“Educational tours and field trips provide the experiential learning that complements the subjects taught in the classroom setting,” Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said. (PNA)

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