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)

DepEd calls for teacher-broadcasters for blended learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) is encouraging teachers to apply as teacher-broadcasters for the department’s blended learning strategy.

Deped Usec. Alain Pascua said interested teachers to read the memo in DepEd workplace and submit a 5-minute demo video before July 24.

IKAW BA ANG SUSUNOD NA DEPED TEACHER-BROADCASTER?Mag-register gamit ang inyong DepEd Email sa bit.ly/depedtbaf at…

Posted by Alain Pascua on Thursday, July 16, 2020

DepEd had earlier assured that there is sufficient budget for the implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) this upcoming school year. AAC

DepEd denies report obliging teachers to sign waiver for ‘physical reporting’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) advised against reports that some teachers are being asked to sign a waiver to physically report to school or DepEd offices. 

The Department stressed that physical reporting is not mandatory under DepEd Order No. 11 Series of 2020. 

“Ang mga waiver na nag-a-authorize sa DepEd personnel at mga guro na pumasok ay walang legal effect,” the advisory read.

[Waivers that authorize DepEd personnel and teachers to report physically have no legal effect.]

The DepEd explained physical reporting is only necessary if the teacher’s specific function or task cannot be accomplished through alternative and remote work arrangements.

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Public schools may accept transferees from Taal sans documents

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020

A Filipino elementary student ties her shoelace at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. Close to 23 million students in public schools started the new school year, with around 4 million students in private schools expected to start in the coming weeks. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

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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