by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Three minor planets were named after three Filipino students after winning second place in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts.
“Eugene Rivera, Joscel Kent Manzanero, and Keith Russel Cadores of Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City, Camarines Sur each received a certificate identifying their very own minor planet and an orbital plot showing its current location,” according to a Facebook post of the Department of Education (Deped).
Their team won second place in the “Energy: Physical” category for their work in the design and development of Solar-Tracking Arduino-Rooted PV Panels. They represented the Philippines after winning in the National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) in 2018.
For almost two decades, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory have been naming asteroids discovered by their institute in honor of high school students who excel at science competitions.—Aileen Cerrudo
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) maintained that the school opening for the basic education level this School Year (SY) 2019-2020 will remain on June 3.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained that the school calendar for this coming school year has already been approved and is set to be released next week.
Briones expressed the agency’s reluctance to move the school calendar because of three major considerations that involve students and learners such as school facilities, health, and other “summer” activities already scheduled.
The Education Secretary emphasized on the matter following a directive from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) which ordered all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) as well as Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) to shift their respective academic calendars to August starting the Academic Year (AY) 2019-2020. – Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the official start of its annual clean up drive or ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in preparation for the opening of classes for School Year 2019-2020.
This year’s school clean up efforts will run from May 20 to 25 which aims to “bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public schools for the opening of classes.”
Likewise, Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced through DepEd Memorandum No. 029 series of 2019 the launching of Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE).
The OBE is a collaborative effort of government agencies and organizations as well as other stakeholders for the opening of the school year.
“The OBE is part of the Department’s efforts to ensure that learners are already properly enrolled and able to attend school by the first day of classes,” Briones said in the memo.
Oplan Balik Eskwela will run from May 27 to June 7. – Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines – School children in areas hit by water shortage may forego the wearing of school uniforms, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
DepEd said in a statement that beginning Thursday (March 14), they are allowing students and teachers in public elementary and high school from selected Metro Manila areas to attend classes even if they are wearing casual clothes.
DepEd said they will practice flexibility with their uniform policy in consideration of the ongoing water supply problems in areas being serviced by Manila Water, which disrupted the normal routine in households and establishments.
“We will be very flexible. Ang pinaka-priority natin ay ma-maintain natin na ang mga bata at guro ay papasok,” DepEd Spokesperson Undersecretary Analyn Sevilla said.
“We are flexible so that classes will still continue and for humanitarian reasons. We understand that water supply should be maximized and utilized for more relevant uses such as for food, hygiene,” Sevilla added.
The DepEd official said cancelling classes due to the water shortage is not an option because school children need to complete their required minimum contact time to avoid the creation of another problem.
Sevilla shared that the adjustment in uniform rules was prompted by the request of Mandaluyong schools, following complaints about the maintenance of their comfort rooms due to water interruption.
“(We) allow or authorize non-wearing of uniforms for students and teachers in public schools affected by the water supply shortage in NCR, particularly Mandaluyong which requested for such,” Sevilla said. – Robie de Guzman
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