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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2019   •   1747

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.

Customs to donate to DepEd gadgets, educational items seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Electronic devices and other educational materials seized at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) to aid in its distance learning program, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the BOC said it has conducted inventory of the seized and abandoned items in preparation for donation.

Several devices and items identified for donation include flash drives, hard drives, mobile phones, full HD LED computer monitors, printers, laptops, routers, pocket WiFi, and computer tablets.

The bureau will also donate educational books, and school bags and shoes.

The BOC said it has obtained appropriate clearances from the National Telecommunication Commission and the Optical Media Board to ensure that the items to be donated have passed the minimum standard and are safe for public use.

“Customs NAIA hopes that the gadgets will be of help in the blended learning program of DepEd and be able to support this new learning modalities of students in different communities,” the bureau said.

The effort is part of BOC’s contribution in addressing the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of DepEd’s distance learning program.

Class suspension still falls under LGUs discretion—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2020

The local government units (LGU) remain as the authority for announcing suspension of classes during calamities, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo said the department did not release any guidelines in class suspension amid the distance learning under the new normal setting.

“Ang magdedeklara ng walang pasok ay ang mga local government units, (The local government units will declare class suspension),” he said.

DepEd also said classes will not be heavily affected since most classes are using modules and not online. Teachers can also extend deadlines for assignments and other school projects.

“Ang mga guro natin nagbibigay naman ng konsiderasyon kasi alam nila ang estado ng kanilang mga mag-aaral, (Teachers will provide consideration because they know they situation of the students),” Mateo said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

CHR concerned over DepEd modules discouraging youth from joining ‘peaceful assemblies’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2020

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has expressed concern that a module on Media and Information Literacy allegedly from the Department of Education (DepEd) appears to discourage children from participating in peaceful assemblies.

In a statement, the CHR said that aside from teaching the value of respect for law,  it is equally important to develop critical thinking among children especially on issues of national scope.

“We stress that our current freedoms that we enjoy today are fruits of past struggles. Instead of discouraging dissent, it would be better to demand better services and accountability from the government and its officials as part of their duty to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of all,” the agency said.

The CHR also reiterated the Constitution protects the people’s right to freedom of speech, of expression, the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and petition the government for redress of grievances.

They also encouraged DepEd to improve on the current education system, and also encouraged citizens to continue to report to DepEd errors found in the learning materials for the benefit of our children. AAC

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