Deped: Classes to open on August 24

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2020   •   302

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that classes in public and private schools will open beginning August 24.

DepEd, however, said that the opening of classes will follow the guidelines under the ‘new normal’, and students and teachers may either physically go to school or learn online or through television.

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the department has prepared a new system for the school year.

Mayroon namang tinatawag na flexible learning options. Pwedeng may mga schools na handa na daw silang magbukas ng online, mapa-public or mapa-private, ng kanilang school lesson. Marami rin through cellphone, pwede rin sa telebisyon tsaka sa radyo (There is a flexible learning option. There are schools that are ready to open their school lessons online, in public, or in private. A lot of them are through cellphones, televisions, and radio),” she said.

Enrollment will begin on June 1 until 30. Briones also tasked teachers to report to their schools physically or online. Teachers will also be subjected to training for the new curriculum.

During enrollment, parents will have to answer a form to determine which mode of teaching will be best for their children.

“May mga bagong programa tayo para sa mga bata (We have a new program for our students) so they can learn well in schools with the guidance of their parents,” Briones said.

Meanwhile, DepEd said that, for this school year, mass gatherings in schools including Palarong Pambansa, Brigada Eskwela, Campus Journalism, and Science and Trade fair are put on hold. –AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Duterte supports DepEd’s ‘blended’ and ‘distance learning’ solutions

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed with the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) on how the classes will be held come August amid the prevailing risks of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Secretay Leonor Briones, during a meeting with the President on Thursday (May 28) presented the DepEd’s proposed solutions namely the ’blended’ and ‘distance learning’ systems wherein classes will be held on digital modes such as the use of Internet, television programs and radio broadcast.

Also, the Department intends to use printed materials in areas without Internet access and where students do not have personal gadgets specifically in remote barangays and localities. 

In response, the President vowed to find additional sources of funds to support this plan. 

“I’m impressed with the simplicity of the program. And I believe that all that you have said is really feasible, radio if television is not available and all of these things. I believe you have a very workable program. I support you,” the President told Briones.

Despite his disagreement with face-to-face classes until a vaccine is discovered, the President made it clear that he agrees with alternative learning for students. 

Thus, remote enrollment will push through from June 1 to 30 and classes will open in August as planned.

Given the current situation, the President appeals to school administrations to be considerate and apply a staggered payment scheme for the students’ tuition. 

He added that parents who are struggling to pay the tuition of their children may opt to apply for loan from Landbank of the Philippines. 

“And for those who have really nothing to come up for the tuition payment, we have the Landbank and kindly listen to rules. We will open the Landbank and you can borrow money to finance the education of your children,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

No opening of classes sans COVID-19 vaccine — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he is not allowing the opening of classes unless an effective vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is discovered.

“I will not allow the opening of classes na dikit-dikit ang mga bata. Bahala na (kung) hindi na makatapos for this generation. Wala nang aral, laro na lang,” the President said adding that he’s most concerned about the safety of the students.

“Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to talk about opening of classes. Para sa akin bakuna muna. Kapag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay lang,” he stressed.

Nonetheless, the President is optimistic that a vaccine against COVID-19 will be discovered before the year 2020 ends. 

This is the President’s position following the Department of Education’s (DepEd) announcement on the opening of classes on August 24.

READ: DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

The Department, also, announced the start of the enrollment process on June 1, though it encouraged parents to register their children online or through e-mail or phone calls to maintain social distancing measures in view of the risks of COVID-19 infection. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

LOOK: Deped’s proposed class seat arrangement for possible face-to-face learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) has proposed classroom seating arrangements in case face-to-face learning will be implemented for the upcoming school year.

In a post, Deped reiterated there will be no face-to-face learning unless it is safe for students to go out. However, as part of their preparations for the opening of classes, they proposed a seating arrangement that will still adhere to social distancing.

Deped showed layouts for classrooms with armchairs and classrooms with tables and chairs. Both have a 1-meter distance to observe proper social distancing. AAC

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