DepEd moves opening of classes to October 5

Robie de Guzman   •   August 14, 2020   •   390

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday announced that the opening of classes has been moved to October 5 following calls for adjustments as the country’s education system shifts to blended learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said President Rodrigo Duterte approved its recommendation to defer the opening of School Year 2020-2021 from August 24 to October 5.

Briones said she submitted the recommendation to the president on August 6 after the latter placed back Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“As per the memorandum, the President has given approval to the recommendation of DepEd. Thus, we will implement such a decision to defer school opening to October 5 pursuant to Republic Act No. 11480,” Briones said.

She said the deferment will be used to provide relief to the logistical limitations faced by the areas placed under MECQ and to “fill in the remaining gaps of the school opening that we are currently addressing.”

“Areas outside MECQ are directed to continue their orientations, dry runs, and delivery of learning resources so that we will be ready for the opening of classes on October 5,” Briones added.

Several groups and lawmakers have earlier called on DepEd to postpone the opening of classes this month to give more time for the preparation of the transition to distance learning.

“We trust that this is the final adjustment of the school opening. Even with the implementation of MECQ, we will use this time to make the necessary adjustments and ensure that all preparations have been made for the successful opening of classes for School Year 2020-2021,” Briones said.

DepEd drafts supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) drafted a supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes.

DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribohoc said the supplemental policy includes guidelines for recording online classes.

“In fact when we issued supplemental policy as a policy it would  become a rule. Unlike guidelines that you mentioned, they are recommendations, so once those are adopted into policy they become rule,” she said.

“And some of the themes actually on recording, seeking consent, use of images, all of those will be in the supplemental policy. And we hope we will come in that policy in the very near future,” she added.

The department expects that learners will be using the online learning approach more often following the educational system’s shift to the new normal. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

DepEd holds final test run for educational TV broadcast

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday (September 21) began the final test run for its educational TV broadcast.

According to DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Director Abram Abanil, they will test run 26 episodes which is set to officially air at the beginning of classes on October 5.

Importante itong dry run para mapag-praktisan naman iyong mga procedures para araw-araw makapag-broadcast tayo ng 6 to 27 episodes (The dry run is important to practice the everyday procedures of broadcasting 6 to 27 episodes) amounting to 130 episodes per week this coming October 5 to December 31),” he said.

The episodes will also be dubbed in local languages.

Abanil also clarified that the episodes will be for major subjects as they still cannot allot episodes for all subjects. However, DepEd officials expect to expand the subjects by 2021.

There are currently 170 teacher-broadcasters in DepEd, mostly in Metro Manila. DepEd said they are still in the process of adding more teacher-broadcasters. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

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)

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