DepEd eyes hiring para-teachers to aid parents in ‘new normal’ classes

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2020   •   5018

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)

1,114 schools nominated for pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in January — DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Regional Directors of the Department of Education (DepEd) nominated a total of 1,114 school candidates for the pilot implementation of the face-to-face classes in January 2021.

Most of them are in Regions 4A and 8 which passed the conditions set by DepEd like location and if the schools have management plans for students, teachers as well as available facilities.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said they are not expecting all 1,114 schools to qualify as they will still be evaluated.

“The other regions nagba-vary pero ang (vary but the) final listing will be very much lesser than the 1,114 considering na may ibang factor tayong tinitingnan, ikino-consider (that we are also looking into other factors),” the Secretary said.

Meanwhile, schools in Davao Region, Cotabato and the National Capital Region are not included in the list of potential venues for the dry run.

DepEd NCR Director Malcolm Garma said the NCR remains under general community quarantine (GCQ) though they are still hoping for the situation to improve soon.

Tignan po natin pagdating po ng Enero kung ano po ang magiging estado ng National Capital Region pagdating po sa community quarantine level (Let’s see what the status of the NCR will be come January when it comes to community quarantine level),” he said.

“Maaari pong doon natin ibabatay kung handa na po ang NCR para lumahok sa gagawing pilot limited face to face (We will see then if the NCR is ready to take part of the limited face-to-face classes),” he added.

DepEd also clarified that though face-to-face classes will be implemented, it will not be mandatory for all students given the limited room capacity of 15 to 20 persons.

“Hindi po full class size at hindi rin po full week schedule ang mga bata, kundi combine pa rin po ito sa distance learning (It will not be a full class size nor a full week schedule for the children. It will still be combined with distance learning),” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.  —MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

Duterte approves pilot testing of face-to-face classes

Marje Pelayo   •   December 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) to conduct a pilot testing of face-to-face classes.

DepEd plans to do a dry run of it in areas with low risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission preferably in January 2021.

The president agreed on the proposal following grant of emergency use authorization on various COVID-19 vaccines in other major countries around the world.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the decision transpired during the President’s meeting with his Cabinet members on Monday evening (December 14). The pilot implementation will be held in selected schools in low risk areas.

Roque said the agency shall coordinate with the COVID-19 National Task Force (NTF) for the monitoring of the conduct of the pilot implementation.

He added that the pilot implementation shall be done under strict health and safety measures with commitment for shared responsibility from DepEd, the local government units and parents.

Roque stressed, however, that this will be voluntary among parents and learners thus a parent’s permit must be submitted for the student to participate in face-to-face classes. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Last day of classes in public schools for 2020 is Dec. 12 – DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   December 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that the last day of classes in public schools for the first quarter of schoolyear 2020-2021 will be on December 12.

In a Facebook post, DepEd said the holiday break for kindergarten to grade 12 students nationwide will be from December 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Classes are expected to resume on January 4, 2021.

Teachers, meanwhile, are set to have their In-Service Training (INSET) week from December 14 to 19, 2020.

The schedule is based on DepEd Order No. 30. Series of 2020 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones on October 2020.


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