DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020   •   852

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded parents that enrollment in all public schools in the country, both elementary and secondary, will start on June 1, 2020. 

The Department advises parents to prepare their children for the upcoming opening of classes on August 24. 

DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo on Friday (May 22) said parents may enrol their children online or call the school so they don’t need to go personally to observe physical distancing. 

Meanwhile, parents may call DepEd’s hotline 8636-1663 and 8633-1942 or email the agency at action@deped.gov.ph for enrollment concerns though DepEd is still finalizing adjustments in the enrollment procedures. 

Parents will be asked about which learning system is applicable to their children in view of the adjustments due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. 

Enrollment runs until June 30.

“Sa bagong enrollment guidelines, ang kanilang dating class adviser ang siyang mag-i-input o kaya ay mag-e-enroll sa kanilang mga estudyante para sa susunod na school year, [Under the new enrollment guidelines, their former advisers will be the ones to input or enroll the students for the next school year],” Usec. Escobedo said.

“May mga platforms na gagamitin katulad ng online enrollment at meron ring SMS at pwede ring tawag thru hotlines na ibibigay ng mga eskwelahan, [There are platforms that are available like online enrollment, SMS, or they can call to the hotlines that their respective schools will provide,]” he added. 

Escobedo said DepEd is constantly coordinating with the House of Representatives as regards the adjustments that the agency wants to apply in the country’s education system in the coming school year. 

The official ascertained that the Department is now preparing all the needed learning materials based on the level of health risks of  COVID-19 infection. 

The DepEd official maintained that face-to-face classes remain restricted in areas that the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 identified as ‘high-risks.’

In relation to this, DepEd has issued a memorandum order detailing different options for alternative work arrangements among teaching and non-teaching staff under the Department to ensure that proper protocols are observed specifically social distancing and minimum health standards. 

Meanwhile, Escobedo said the DepEd is appealing to the HOR for additional funds in order to provide teachers with laptops that they need to cope with the new normal in the education system. 

The said additional funding, likewise, will be used to establish clinics in school premises, procurement of thermal scanners and hygiene kits. 

Sa Kongreso po ngayon ay pinag-u-usapan na po talaga ay ang mga susunod na batas para mapag-bigyan po talaga ang Executive Department na magkaroon sila ng flexibility na matugunan nila ang pangangailangan para dito sa panlaban sa Covid-19,” noted Rep. Roman Romulo, Chairman of the House Committee on Education. 

[In fact in Congress at present, we are discussing a proposed bill that will grant the Executive Department flexibility in responding to the needs of the public to combat COVID-19.]

The HOR has asked DepEd to submit in July a concrete plan on how it will efficiently deliver the lessons to students without compromising the quality of education so that Congress will be able to assess the needed additional funding. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020

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)

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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