DepEd, nangangailangan ng learner support aides para sa darating na pasukan

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020   •   292

MANILA, Philippines – Balak ng Department of Education (DepEd) na kumuha ng learner support aides (LSA) na makakatuwang ng mga guro sa pagsasagawa ng learning modalities sa darating na pasukan.

Ayon kay DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo, bahagi ng tungkulin ng LSAs ay tumulong sa mga guro sa paggabay sa mga mag-aaral o magulang pagdating sa learning modality. Tutulong din sila sa paghahanda at paghahanda ng mga aralin at pagbabantay sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.

“Ang unang-una po is to support the teachers and parents para sa paghahatid ng basic education services doon sa mga learners natin in this new normal. Pangalawa po, ita-tap natin yung potential qualified individuals among households within the community let me emphasize within the community para sa ganun ma-prevent natin yung transmission,” ang pahayag ni Mateo.

Ayon sa DepEd, maaaring mag-apply bilang LSA ang nakatapos sa Senior High School o nakapasok ng dalawang taon sa kolehiyo.

Dapat ay nasa 21 taon hanggang 59 taong gulang at kung maaari ay nakatira sa komunidad na may paaralan.

Prayoridad sa mga kukuning LSA ang mga nag-apply sa DepEd nitong School Year 2020-2021 ngunit hindi nabigyan ng provisional appointment dahil walang available na plantilla teaching item.

Maging ang mga guro sa pribadong paaralan na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pansamantalang pagsasara sa gitna ng pandemiya ay maaari ding mag-apply bilang LSA.

Ang learner support aide ay maaaring tumanggap ng buwanang sahod mula P6,000 hanggang P11,000 depende sa minimum daily wage sa kanilang lugar. Ang pondo para rito ay maaaring kunin sa special education fund o maintenance and other operating expenses ng mga paaralan.

Magtatrabaho sila sa ilalim ng anim na buwang job order ngunit maaari naman itong ma-renew.

“Sa usapin naman ng compensation ang tinitignan po natin dito ay nasa halagang P6,000 to P11,000 kasi po ito yung daily minimum daily wage set by the national wage productivity commission, iba-iba po yan,” ani Mateo.

Sa mga interesadong aplikante, maaari silang pumunta o tumawag sa mga Schools Division Office ng DepEd upang magsumite ng requirement para sa selection at assessment process.

Ayon sa DepEd, ang Schools Division Offices na ang bahalang magpasya kung ilang LSA ang kanilang kukunin depende sa pangangailangan. – 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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