DepEd denies giving teachers enrollment quotas

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020   •   439

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has denied claims made by an organization alleging the department of ordering teachers in several provinces to visit communities and convince parents to enroll their children for the upcoming school year.

DepEd said such a claim is baseless and false.

The agency explained that when the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) was formulated before the enrollment period, an existing protocol requires teachers to check the status of their former learners in any way applicable; may it be by text, by telephone and other means.

“The objective is to reconfirm whether learners shall participate in the incoming school year, in light of the COVID-19 situation,” the DepEd said in a statement. 

DepEd also included a survey to determine the limitations and needs of the students in relation to the new normal system due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

“The alleged enrollment quota is not true,” the agency said.

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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