The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced an exciting development that will benefit students, teachers, and parents: the calendar year will be adjusted. Traditionally, the Philippine school year begins in August and finishes in July of the following year. Yet, starting next year, the school calendar will change dramatically.

Beginning the academic year 2024-2025, DepEd will use a new calendar year, with classes opening on July 29, 2024, and ending on May 16, 2025. This change intends to connect the Philippine education system with worldwide norms while addressing several issues presented by the current calendar system.

One of the primary motivations for the change is to align the academic calendar with the natural cycle of the seasons. Starting classes in July gives kids better weather conditions for travel to and from school, decreasing disruptions caused by typhoons and other weather-related concerns common during the typical months.

DepEd guarantees stakeholders that the transition to the new calendar year will be carefully planned and carried out to avoid disruptions to the educational system. Schools, teachers, and parents will get detailed guidance and support systems for a smooth transition.

As everyone welcomes this adjustment, we can look forward to the Philippines’ education system becoming more efficient, resilient, and globally competitive.

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