DepEd apologizes for erroneous modules

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2020   •   853

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has apologized for the many errors and mistakes seen in their modules which were, in turn, posted on social media by netizens.

Although DepEd said that not all erroneous materials came from them as many have been reported to have come from private institutions, the department still admits that they had been slack with their quality assurance protocols.

DepEd said these errors, intended or not, have slipped through and into the online class system.

In an interview, DepEd undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said they are still perfecting the system as they are yet to make their quality assurance mechanism fully operational.

Antonio added that the department is continually crafting centrally certified self-learning modules (SLMs) with the help of master teachers, supervisors, and specialists at the Dep-Ed Central office.

The department said that due to time constraints, the drafting of SLMs were initially delegated to the regional offices, with the instruction that such modules must be sent back to the Central office for thorough testing and review before distribution.

The department appealed to those who are curriculum experts to volunteer in rectifying the errors in the children’s lessons. —/mbmf

DepEd launches Vacc2School campaign to promote vaccination drive

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched Vacc2School: Ligtas na Bakuna, Para sa Balik-Eskwela! campaign.

Secretary Leonor Briones said the campaign aims to inform, educate, and engage the Department’s stakeholders, including its teaching and non-teaching personnel, in promoting the vaccination drive and other related policies to mitigate COVID-19.

“I am encouraging everyone, especially the teachers, and other education personnel to participate in this campaign, and make informed decisions on vaccination to further intensify and advance our chances of safely returning to school,” she said in a statement.

“We would like to encourage our teachers to vaccinate themselves because it is not only a matter of protecting your personal rights, it is also a matter of protecting the lives and health of children which is also entrusted to our care,” she added.

The campaign introduced the characters of Teacher Edna, Doctor Edu, Learners Kaye, and Sean in educating DepEd personnel and stakeholders on their roles in mitigating the virus. AAC

DepEd encourages eligible personnel to register for COVID-19 vaccination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging its eligible personnel to register and get vaccinated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This,  after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the inclusion of education frontliners to the higher priority groups from category B1 to A4.

In a statement, Secretary Leonor Briones hopes to start vaccinating the rest of DepEd’s teaching and non-teaching personnel by June 2021 as part of the A4 priority list.

“We would like to encourage all of our personnel to coordinate with their local government units so they can be vaccinated against COVID-19. This will play a huge role in our bid for our learners’ return to school,” she said.

Vaccine recipients are also requested to note their vaccination details, including the registration and the vaccination card for documentation and monitoring purposes within DepEd.

Meanwhile, Briones also advised DepEd personnel to rely on credible and official sources such as the Department of Health (DOH) and LGU websites and social media accounts for accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines, and vaccination program.

“I am encouraging everyone to be proactive in learning about the vaccine and the vaccination program, and to make an informed choice about the matter,” she said. AAC

More than 790K teachers to be vaccinated vs COVID-19 in June — DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said teachers get to have their turn to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in June.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones reported that more than 790,000 public school teachers and personnel are set to receive the vaccination in June to protect teachers during school enrollment.

Siguro, mga June ito mag-umpisa. By that time, mag-start na ang enrollment, marami nang activities sa mga eskuwelahan. Kailangan protektado ang mga teacher (It might start around June because, by that time, enrollment and other activities will begin. We need to protect our teachers),” she said.

Briones said teachers and other education personnel will no longer need to register since the department already have a list for the vaccination program for education frontliners.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has previously approved the recommendation of DepEd to include education frontliners in the government’s A4 COVID-19 vaccination priority list from the B1 cluster. AAC 

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