DepEd, iginiit na wala silang pa-contest para mamigay ng libreng gadget

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020   •   263

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa publiko na huwag basta maniniwala sa mga kumakalat na scam na nanghihikayat sa pagsali sa anumang contest upang mabigyan ng libreng laptop at smartphones.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng DepEd na hindi ito namimigay ng gadget o libring pocket wi-fi sa pamamagitan ng anumang raffle draw o contest para sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.

Ayon sa kagawaran, wala itong pinapayagang grupo o indibibidwal na manghingi ng donasyon kahit nangangailangan ito ng malaking pondo para sa pagpapatupad ng bagong educational program sa gitna ng pandemiya.

Dagdag pa nito, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at mga kumpanyang katuwang ng DepEd ang namamahagi ng gadget para sa mga mag-aaral ngunit idinadaan ito sa regional at division offices ng ahensiya.

“Ang learning continuity packages na donasyon ng LGUs at lehitimong partners ay ipinamamahagi sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro sa pamamagitan ng DepEd regional and division offices at mga paaralan,” ang wika ng DepEd.

Hinimok ng DepEd ang publiko na agad i-report ang mga scam na may kinalaman sa darating na pasukan sa Public Assistance and Action Center sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa 0919-456-0027 at 0995-921-8461 o kaya ay mag-email sa action@deped.gov.ph. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent 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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Schools urged to strictly enforce health protocols, alternative work set up for teachers

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday called on public school officials to strictly enforce health protocols and alternative work arrangements laid out by the Department of Education (DepEd) to protect teachers and non-teaching staff from possible coronavirus disease infection.

In a statement, Gatchalian said this is to prevent the uptick of COVID-19 cases now that teachers and other school personnel are expected to be out in the field to carry out their tasks and distribute modules to students.

The senator made the call after 10 high school teachers in Ilagan City, Isabela reportedly tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after attending a meeting.

Two students were also reported to have contracted the virus.

Ilagan City is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until Oct. 16.

Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate committee on basic education said the incident in Ilagan City should remind public school authorities to ensure the safety of their personnel.

They should equip their personnel with back-to-school essentials such as masks, face shields, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The health care needs of teachers and staff infected with COVID-19 should also be given immediate attention.

“Ngayong nagsimula na ang klase, lalo nating dapat tutukan ang kalusugan ng bawat guro at non-teaching staff lalo na’t sila ang nagsisilbing mga frontliners sa pagpapatupad ng distance learning sa gitna ng pandemya,” Gatchalian said.

He also said that since classes are in full swing, an arrangement between DepEd and PhilHealth should already be operational to inspire and sustain the confidence in the roll-out of distance learning program.

“Kailangang siguruhin natin ang kanilang kaligtasan sa kanilang pagtatrabaho at kung sakali namang tamaan sila ng sakit, dapat matiyak natin na makatatanggap sila ng agarang tulong medikal,” he said.

DepEd Order No. 011 s. 2020 identifies alternative work arrangements such as work-from-home, skeleton workforce, four-day workweek, and staggered working hours.

In areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), schools and DepEd offices may operate at full operational capacity as may be allowed by required health standards, including physical distancing protocols.

In areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) like Metro Manila, however, personnel reporting physically for work should not exceed 50 percent.

To help with early detection of possible COVID-19 cases, DepEd’s required health standards, which are outlined in DepEd Order No. 014 s. 2020, mandate schools and offices to have a provision of referral services that will link learners, teachers, and personnel to the appropriate health facilities.

Under its required health standards, DepEd is also tasked to coordinate with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and work out a possible institutional arrangement.

DepEd apologizes for erroneous modules

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has apologized for the many errors and mistakes seen in their modules which were, in turn, posted on social media by netizens.

Although DepEd said that not all erroneous materials came from them as many have been reported to have come from private institutions, the department still admits that they had been slack with their quality assurance protocols.

DepEd said these errors, intended or not, have slipped through and into the online class system.

In an interview, DepEd undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said they are still perfecting the system as they are yet to make their quality assurance mechanism fully operational.

Antonio added that the department is continually crafting centrally certified self-learning modules (SLMs) with the help of master teachers, supervisors, and specialists at the Dep-Ed Central office.

The department said that due to time constraints, the drafting of SLMs were initially delegated to the regional offices, with the instruction that such modules must be sent back to the Central office for thorough testing and review before distribution.

The department appealed to those who are curriculum experts to volunteer in rectifying the errors in the children’s lessons. —/mbmf

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