1,114 schools nominated for pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in January — DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2020   •   1284

MANILA, Philippines — Regional Directors of the Department of Education (DepEd) nominated a total of 1,114 school candidates for the pilot implementation of the face-to-face classes in January 2021.

Most of them are in Regions 4A and 8 which passed the conditions set by DepEd like location and if the schools have management plans for students, teachers as well as available facilities.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said they are not expecting all 1,114 schools to qualify as they will still be evaluated.

“The other regions nagba-vary pero ang (vary but the) final listing will be very much lesser than the 1,114 considering na may ibang factor tayong tinitingnan, ikino-consider (that we are also looking into other factors),” the Secretary said.

Meanwhile, schools in Davao Region, Cotabato and the National Capital Region are not included in the list of potential venues for the dry run.

DepEd NCR Director Malcolm Garma said the NCR remains under general community quarantine (GCQ) though they are still hoping for the situation to improve soon.

Tignan po natin pagdating po ng Enero kung ano po ang magiging estado ng National Capital Region pagdating po sa community quarantine level (Let’s see what the status of the NCR will be come January when it comes to community quarantine level),” he said.

“Maaari pong doon natin ibabatay kung handa na po ang NCR para lumahok sa gagawing pilot limited face to face (We will see then if the NCR is ready to take part of the limited face-to-face classes),” he added.

DepEd also clarified that though face-to-face classes will be implemented, it will not be mandatory for all students given the limited room capacity of 15 to 20 persons.

“Hindi po full class size at hindi rin po full week schedule ang mga bata, kundi combine pa rin po ito sa distance learning (It will not be a full class size nor a full week schedule for the children. It will still be combined with distance learning),” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.  —MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

Enrollees for SY 2021-2022 reach over 27 million – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of students who enrolled for School Year (SY) 2021-2000 has reached 27 million, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said.

The DepEd said there are a total of 27,583,701 students enrolled in this school year or 105.2 percent higher than the 26.2 million recorded last year.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said this figure could still go up until the end of enrollment on Sept. 30.

“Ang magandang balita ay nalampasan natin ang enrollment last year. Even with change conditions more challenges nalagpasan natin,” she said.

“Nagpapakita ito na sa ating kultura mahalaga talaga ang edukasyon at ang parents, consider education as very important and crucial for the lives of children,” she added.

DepEd formally opened the new school year on Sept.13. The enrollment in public schools started on August 16 and was extended to Sept. 30 to accommodate late enrollees.

DepEd extends enrollment for SY 2021-2022 until September 30

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday that it is extending the enrollment period for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 until September 30.

DepEd Usec. Revsee Escobedo said the extension should encourage parents to still enroll their children for this school year.

Magpapalabas po tayo ng memorandum na kung saan ang Department of Education ay tatanggap ng enrollees hanggang September 30, (We will release a memorandum stating that DepEd will accept enrollees until September 30),” he said.

The DepEd official also reported that the Public Assistance Command Center (PACC) of the department’s OPLAN Balik-Eskwela has received several complaints from parents and guardians regarding problems with the enrollment process and the blended learning system.

Ang mga common concerns na natatanggap ng PACC, una iyong general information ng enrollment, pangalawa iyong remote at physical enrollment, tungkol sa instructions to parents and guardians, documentary requirements, modified learning enrollment and survey form. Iyong tungkol sa schools at ALS enrollment focal person at panghuli, ang tungkol sa mga mag-aaral na lumilipat mula sa private schools papuntang public schools, (The common concerns receive by the PACC: firstly, the information on enrollment; secondly, the remote and physical enrolment, regarding the instructions to parents and guardians; documentary requirements, modified learning enrollment, and survey form. Another concern is regarding schools ALS enrollment focal person; and lastly, about students transferring from private schools to public schools),” Escobedo said.

DepEd has logged 24, 603, 822 enrollees in formal basic education as of September 13. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Duterte yet to greenlight DepEd’s proposed pilot face-to-face classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has reacted positively to the possibility of a pilot study on face-to-face classes but he has not yet given his “go signal” for its implementation, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a public briefing on Monday.

The proposed pilot classes will be held in areas with low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases or in low-risk areas.

“Nag-report po si Secretary Briones kay Presidente at si Presidente naman po ay positive ang kaniyang reaksyon doon sa possibility na magkakaroon po tayo ng pilot study on a limited basis (Secretary Briones reported to the president and his reaction is positive on the possibility of conducting pilot study on a limited basis),” he said.

DepEd is eyeing to hold a dry-run of limited in-person classes in some 150 schools in areas where there is low COVID-19 risk.

Briones said they are still studying the readiness of the pilot areas and the health protocols that must be applied during the conduct of classes.

Roque said a final decision is yet to be made as to when the pilot classes will push through.

Positive naman po ang reaksyon pero wala pa pong ‘go signal’. So naghahanda pa tayo sa pilot pero wala pang actual go signal (The reaction is positive but there is no ‘go signal’. We are preparing for pilot classes but no actual go signal),” Roque said.

On Monday, classes in public and private schools officially opened where 24,603,822 learners enrolled. AAC

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