MANILA— The opening of classes in public elementary and high schools, including those in Mindanao, will push through on June 5 as scheduled, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced.
In a news release issued Thursday, DepEd emphasized that schools will not be used as evacuation centers.
In Marawi City, the provincial capitol and the Mindanao State University (MSU) will serve such purpose, it said.
The department also reminded concerned sectors “to ensure the neutrality of schools and temporary learning spaces as zones of peace”.
“Similarly, students, teachers, and personnel must be spared from any form of violence, intimidation, or threat,” it added.