A birthday gift was greeted by school children under the Department of Education (DepD) on Wednesday.
DepEd announced a 19-day break for public school students, which was originally set for December 22, but was moved a week earlier by December 15th.
The continuation of classes in public primary and secondary schools on 2 January 2019 and at the end of the school year on April 5 remained unchanged in order.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said early breaks would allow more family time and prevent children from resting.
Briones ordered teachers to refrain from assigning a homework assignment during the break or extending classes Wednesday, although this may be tempting ways to tackle the loss of teaching days.
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Instead of long hours, educators should facilitate "sharper discussions," she told a news conference.
"Everything that needs to be done with formal learning must be carried out in school premises [before the break], "She added.
Briones said that students should be allowed to enjoy informal learning from their parents, family and friends during the holidays, unconcerned schoolwork.
"We discourage the practice of a heavy homework, why grandmothers and mothers and" yayas "must fight," the secretary said.
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