DepEd admits early pregnancy, lack of teachers remain a serious concern
Maris Federez • September 13, 2019 • 1413
The budget allocated for the Department of Education (DepEd) for the year 2020 is around P551-billion.
This is higher than the current department budget.
At Thursday’s Senate hearing on the proposed DepEd budget, as senators questioned the country’s quality of education, Secretary Leonor Briones admitted that the inadequate number of teachers remains a problem.
“Definitely size matters. The size of Finland, the size of Singapore, the size of the Philippines. 27 million learners, 900 thousand teachers,” Briones claimed.
The DepEd chief added that the department also considers early pregnancy as another serious problem.
“Ang instruction kasi ng President is: starting age 9, umpisahan na ang pagturo ng reproductive health [The president’s instruction was: starting age 9, we should start teaching reproductive health]. We’re taking it seriously and we are working closely with the Department of Health,” Briones said.
The Commission on Population report showed that the rate of teenage pregnancy in the country remains high, with close to 196,000 Filipinos age 15 to 19 getting pregnant every year. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Balak ng Department of Education (DepEd) na kumuha ng learner support aides (LSA) na makakatuwang ng mga guro sa pagsasagawa ng learning modalities sa darating na pasukan.
Ayon kay DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo, bahagi ng tungkulin ng LSAs ay tumulong sa mga guro sa paggabay sa mga mag-aaral o magulang pagdating sa learning modality. Tutulong din sila sa paghahanda at paghahanda ng mga aralin at pagbabantay sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.
“Ang unang-una po is to support the teachers and parents para sa paghahatid ng basic education services doon sa mga learners natin in this new normal. Pangalawa po, ita-tap natin yung potential qualified individuals among households within the community let me emphasize within the community para sa ganun ma-prevent natin yung transmission,” ang pahayag ni Mateo.
Ayon sa DepEd, maaaring mag-apply bilang LSA ang nakatapos sa Senior High School o nakapasok ng dalawang taon sa kolehiyo.
Dapat ay nasa 21 taon hanggang 59 taong gulang at kung maaari ay nakatira sa komunidad na may paaralan.
Prayoridad sa mga kukuning LSA ang mga nag-apply sa DepEd nitong School Year 2020-2021 ngunit hindi nabigyan ng provisional appointment dahil walang available na plantilla teaching item.
Maging ang mga guro sa pribadong paaralan na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pansamantalang pagsasara sa gitna ng pandemiya ay maaari ding mag-apply bilang LSA.
Ang learner support aide ay maaaring tumanggap ng buwanang sahod mula P6,000 hanggang P11,000 depende sa minimum daily wage sa kanilang lugar. Ang pondo para rito ay maaaring kunin sa special education fund o maintenance and other operating expenses ng mga paaralan.
Magtatrabaho sila sa ilalim ng anim na buwang job order ngunit maaari naman itong ma-renew.
“Sa usapin naman ng compensation ang tinitignan po natin dito ay nasa halagang P6,000 to P11,000 kasi po ito yung daily minimum daily wage set by the national wage productivity commission, iba-iba po yan,” ani Mateo.
Sa mga interesadong aplikante, maaari silang pumunta o tumawag sa mga Schools Division Office ng DepEd upang magsumite ng requirement para sa selection at assessment process.
Ayon sa DepEd, ang Schools Division Offices na ang bahalang magpasya kung ilang LSA ang kanilang kukunin depende sa pangangailangan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)
The Department of Education (DepEd) drafted a supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes.
DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribohoc said the supplemental policy includes guidelines for recording online classes.
“In fact when we issued supplemental policy as a policy it would become a rule. Unlike guidelines that you mentioned, they are recommendations, so once those are adopted into policy they become rule,” she said.
“And some of the themes actually on recording, seeking consent, use of images, all of those will be in the supplemental policy. And we hope we will come in that policy in the very near future,” she added.
The department expects that learners will be using the online learning approach more often following the educational system’s shift to the new normal. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday (September 21) began the final test run for its educational TV broadcast.
According to DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Director Abram Abanil, they will test run 26 episodes which is set to officially air at the beginning of classes on October 5.
“Importante itong dry run para mapag-praktisan naman iyong mga procedures para araw-araw makapag-broadcast tayo ng 6 to 27 episodes (The dry run is important to practice the everyday procedures of broadcasting 6 to 27 episodes) amounting to 130 episodes per week this coming October 5 to December 31),” he said.
The episodes will also be dubbed in local languages.
Abanil also clarified that the episodes will be for major subjects as they still cannot allot episodes for all subjects. However, DepEd officials expect to expand the subjects by 2021.
There are currently 170 teacher-broadcasters in DepEd, mostly in Metro Manila. DepEd said they are still in the process of adding more teacher-broadcasters. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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