DepEd plans to dispense with periodical exams amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020   •   142

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to do away with periodical exams to avoid cheating during the conduct of blended learning amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said that instead of holding periodical exams, they will focus on written outputs and performance tasks for students learning from their homes.

“While we are trying to also find ways making sure na yung distance cheating is avoided ang pinakauna yata ay talagang makaunawa ang lahat na hindi dapat mahalaga yung mataas na score mas mahalaga yung natutuhan ng bata,” he said.

DepEd earlier appealed to parents and guardians of students to help the department reinforce the value of honesty among students since teachers don’t see them in person.

“Kung sa bahay ay gusto mo maging honest yung anak eh katulong ka sa paggawa ng dishonest output that will be very detrimental into our effrots in shaping our good filipinos, paalala ito pagkakataon natin ang home base learning na ito para turuan ang mga bata ng tamang values,” San Antonio said.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Association of Private Schools Administrators (FAPSA) expressed support for DepEd’s move and assured that they will direct their members to follow the learning assessment scheme.

“Ang pagkukunan ng grade dyan pwede yung perfomance niya sa klase, it could be even oral pagka-grade 5 grade six up to high school lalo na sa senior high pwede na ang essay eh,” Eleazardo Kasilag, FAPSA’s president, said.

DepEd said the opening of classes for the upcoming school year will still push through as scheduled on October 5.

The department earlier reported that over 24 million students have so far enrolled and that around 800 schools have notified to halt operations this year due to the effects of the pandemic. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

POEA assures support for seafarers affected by pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has assured continued assistance to seafarers affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In Resolution No. 13, series of 2020, the POEA emphasized the provision of assistance and benefits to seafarers stranded ashore or are facing problems in their deployment or repatriation due to pandemic-related reasons.

Under the resolution, a seafarer who already signed an employment contract but cannot be deployed from the point of hire due to the pandemic shall be provided with accommodation and food to be shouldered by their principal or employer, unless provided by the government.

The assistance will be provided until the seafarer is deployed or returned home or until contract cancellation.

A seafarer who was deployed but becomes stranded during his transit shall be paid basic pay, accommodation, food, and medical benefits at the principal or employer’s cost until the seafarer reaches the vessel.

The resolution also directs principals or employers to provide the same assistance and benefits to seafarers who already signed a contract and deployed but unable to join the ship and is repatriated back home, as well as other seafarers who cannot be repatriated due to the pandemic.

Seafarers who completed his period of contractual service onboard, and who is ashore but cannot be repatriated shall also be provided with basic pay, accommodation, food, and medical benefits.

The principal/employers of the seafarer shall also provide all the cost on the accommodation and food of the seafarer during his quarantine period, unless otherwise provided by the government.

“Meanwhile, the principal/employers will be allowed to recover any associated cost on the said provision of assistance and benefits in accordance with the employment contract or the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” the POEA said.

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)

CHED orders Isabela Colleges to explain conduct of face-to-face classes during pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has issued a show-cause order to Isabela Colleges for holding face-to-face classes amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III said the college has been ordered to stop its in-person meetings as this clearly violates the guidelines being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

The order was issued following a report that a student tested positive for COVID-19 and that he attended an on-campus orientation in August for its post-Baccalaureate students.

De Vera said city health officials were tracing up to 45 contacts of the said student.

Isabela Colleges was given ten days to explain why no sanctions should be imposed on its officials for their failure to comply with CHED advisories and the IATF guidelines. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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