DepEd eyes hiring para-teachers to aid parents in ‘new normal’ classes
Marje Pelayo • June 19, 2020 • 1358
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering hiring teaching assistants or para-teachers to help parents who are not capable of monitoring and guiding their children in the new normal set up this coming school year.
Para-teachers will facilitate lessons of students outside the classroom as well as provide administrative support to the Department.
However, the DepEd said the plan is still under discussion with regard to its implementation and how it will be of help in the current situation of learners.
Specifically, DepEd is looking at the number of students who need the assistance of para-teachers.
“Una po ide-determine namin kung ilang bata ang walang paggabay o hindi kayang gabayan ng kanilang mga magulang at ilan naman ang avilable na parateachers sa isang barangay,” noted DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo said.
(We have to determine first the number of students whose parents are unable to guide them and the number of available parateachers in each barangay.)
“Kung mas marami ang supply ng parateachers sa isang barangay pwede namin i-strategize kung papaano ang pagpunta sa bahay-bahay ng mga parateachers,” he added.
(If a barangay has many para-teachers available, we can strategize as to how they will be able to conduct house to house visits.)
If the plan pushes through, DepEd will hire unemployed education graduates to serve as para-teachers. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has ordered public schools in the country to accept transferees displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
This is part of the Department’s emergency measures “to address the dislocation of basic education learners from their school of origin, the significant safety concerns in other affected areas and other implications” of the volcano’s eruption.
Based on DepEd Memorandum No. 3 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, displaced students from eruption-affected should be accepted in all public schools despite lack of proper credentials.
“All public schools where displaced learners from Region IV-A will seek to be accommodated are directed to accept these emergency transferees even with the unavailability or insufficiency of the require transfer credentials,” the memorandum states.
According to Save the Children, about 21,000 children residents inside the 14-kilometer danger zone were already evacuated since Taal volcano started erupting on Sunday (January 12).
For further information, read the copy of the Department Order No. 3 HERE.
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