Briones welcomes over 27-M learners to school year 2019-2020

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2019   •   1662

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday welcomed more than 27 million Filipino learners from across the country to the opening of school year 2019 to 2020.

“On behalf of the Department of Education (DepEd), I am honored and pleased to welcome our almost 27.2 million learners from all over the country to the opening of the School Year 2019-2020,” Briones said in a statement posted on DepEd’s twitter account.

Briones also urged students to remember the efforts of the community to prepare them for this journey.

“As you troop to your respective schools, bear in mind that it took the whole community – parents, teachers, local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations, partners from the public and private sectors, and other stakeholders – to prepare you on this journey,” she said.

“Through Brigada Eskwela, they all contributed their time, effort, and resources to provide you with a safe and motivating learning environment,” she added.

The education secretary also cited allies through the Oplan Balik Eskwela that helped provide access to “fairly priced commodities, safer streets and roads, and adequate water and electricity supply, among many of your other needs.”

She also assured that their command centers and hotlines nationwide are open to address any issue this school opening.

Briones also said the department is increasing its efforts to deliver quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education given the continuously increasing population and challenges they have to hurdle.

“As we pivot from access to quality, we are continuously reviewing our curriculum and developing our learning resources, including our teachers, through the transformation of our National Educators Academy of the Philippines,” she said.

The education official also assured to continue upgrading school facilities by improving their resistance to typhoons and earthquakes.

“As we open another school year, I enjoin everyone who believes in the cause of education to work together and join us in responding to the increasing development requirements of our country, and in creating a better world for the Filipino learners whom we are all sworn to serve,” she said.

Briones is expected to make rounds in select schools in Metro Manila to visit some classrooms and check the situations this class opening.

DepEd to virtually launch learning continuity plan ahead of class opening

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2020

In preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a virtual launch that will feature schools’ localized implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

DepEd’s ‘Handang Isip, Handa Bukas’ will be launched on Monday (August 10) where 10 schools of different types nationwide are set to show how they have contextualized the BE-LCP through simulation activities.

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The schools that will participate will include: Navotas National High School, Mangayon Elementary School, Don Ruben E. Ecleo Sr. Memorial National High School, Calay IP School, Malaya Elementary School, Don Luis Hidalgo Memorial School (Rural-Complete School), Sucao ES (Multigrade School), Santiago City NHS (Urban-Medium), Shining Light Academy (Private), and TAGUMpay Palengskwelahan ALS Center (Community Learning Center).

Parents and learners that will participate will also provide testimonies of their experiences during the dry runs.

The program will be livestreamed on DepEd’s Facebook page, government channels, and other regional local channels. AAC

Parents prefer modular learning for their children this school year—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2020

Around 8.8 million parents prefer modular learning for their children instead of using gadgets this school year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Based on the Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESF), these parents prefer offline learning materials for their children, citing difficulties in internet connection especially in far-flung areas.

According to DepEd, 3.9 million parents chose blended modality while 3.8 million parents prefer online learning. Meanwhile, a total of 1.4 million parents prefer educational television while around 900,000 parents chose radio-based instruction.

Due to this, DepEd Usec. Tunisto Umali said they are doubling their efforts in printing learning modules in time for the opening of school year.

“Ang makikita po natin sa August 24 ay idi-deliver o kaya ay pipick-upin ang ating mga self-learning modules sa ating paaralan o kaya idi-deliver sa tahanan ng mga bata na walang kakayanang maglakbay patungo sa ating paaralan (What we are seeing is by August 24, the self-learning modules will be delivered or picked up in schools or delivered to the students’ homes if they incapable of travelling),” he said.

Umali reported that orientations and seminars for teachers, students, and parents are currently ongoing. DepEd is also coordinating with local government units for the gadgets that will be used by students. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Face-to-face classes sa low-risk areas, hindi mandatory – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nilinaw ng Department of Education na hindi mandatory at hindi maaaring pilitin ang mga estudyante o magulang na papasukin ng pisikal sa eskwelahan ang kanilang mga anak.

Ginawa ng DepEd ang paglilinaw matapos magpahayag ng agam-agam ang marami sa pagpasok sa mga paaralan sa gitna ng pandemya kasunod ng desisyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na payagan ang pagsasagawa ng face-to-face classes sa mga lugar na mababa ang kaso ng coronavirus disease.

Sa panayam sa UNTV program na Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, binigyang-diin ni Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio na hindi compulsory o sapilitan ang pagpapasok sa mga mag-aaral sa face-to-face classes kung nangangamba sila para kanilang kalusugan.

Ani San Antonio, ang limited face-to-face classes ay bahagi lamang ng mga paraan o sistema ng pag-aaral na maaaring pagpilian ng mga magulang at estudyante para sa darating na pasukan.

“Yun pong pinapanindigan natin sa DepEd ay irerespeto po natin yung desisyon ng mga pamilya so kahit po doon sa mga lugar na pinapayagan ang limited face to face. Kung ang mga magulang po o bata mismo ay hindi kumportable at nag-aagam agam na kapag sya ay pupunta sa paaralan ay mae-expose po siya sa COVID-19 papayagan pa rin po sya na maipagpatuloy ang pagaaral gagamitn ang distance learning modality,” sabi ng opisyal.

Muli ring iginiit ni San Antonio na papayagan lamang ang limited face-to-face classes sa isang lugar kung hihilingin ito ng lokal na pamahalaan. Dapat rin aniyang matiyak ang kahandaan ng mga paaralan sa pagpapatupad ng mahigpit na health at safety protocols bago ito pahihintulutan.

Sa ngayon ay isinasapinal pa ang magiging protocol para sa face-to-face classes.

Nilinaw rin ng DepEd na sa Enero 2021 pa ito ipatutupad at dalawang beses lamang sa isang linggo kung gagawin.

Samantala, bagaman opisyal nang natapos ang enrolment period ay patuloy pa ring tatanggap ng enrollees ang mga pampublikong paaralan, ayon sa DepEd. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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