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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Education (DepEd) reminded schools, colleges, and universities on Thursday to observe the policies and guidelines on field trips after seven Bulacan State University students died during a school-sanctioned trip.

In Marisol Abdurahman’s report on “24 Oras”, Atty. Julito Vitriolo, CHED executive director stressed that the trip’s destination should be safe for the students. It should also not be far from the school.

CHED also reminded schools to conduct a risk assessment of the trip, to get an accredited chartered bus, and to never force the students to join the activity. Those who can’t or won’t join the activity should be given a parallel activity, Vitriolo added. 

There should also be written consent from the parents or guardian of the student before they are allowed to join the trip. 

DepEd spokesman ASec. Tonisito Umali said, however, that written consents and waivers can’t automatically absolve a school of accountability.

“Maski ilang waiver pa, if there’s an issue ng pagpapabaya, kailangang managot,” he said.

According to DepEd, educational tours and field trips are important to the learning of the students because not everything can be learned inside a classroom. However, schools should keep the safety of the students in mind, DepEd reiterated. Trisha Macas/JDS, GMA News

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