Deped suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2019   •   2051

The Department of Education (Deped) temporarily suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao region after receiving reports from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

The said school are operated by Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc.

According to Deped XI Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, the National Security Council has reported the involved schools are allegedly teaching ideologies that advocate against the government.

“Number one, allegedly they do not teach in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the department. Number two, allegedly they are using children in rallies and number three they teach the children ideologies that advocate against government,” he said.

A testimony from a former teacher of Salugpungan School also verified the allegation.

Atillo said they will temporarily revoke the schools’ permission to operate while investigations on the report is on-going. “We would like to give them the democratic process of due process,” he said.

Deped XI already received reports about schools teaching ideologies of the New People’s Army rebels.

Meanwhile, Deped is prepared to assist the Lumad students and teachers affected by the suspension.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

DepEd denies giving teachers enrollment quotas

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has denied claims made by an organization alleging the department of ordering teachers in several provinces to visit communities and convince parents to enroll their children for the upcoming school year.

DepEd said such a claim is baseless and false.

The agency explained that when the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) was formulated before the enrollment period, an existing protocol requires teachers to check the status of their former learners in any way applicable; may it be by text, by telephone and other means.

“The objective is to reconfirm whether learners shall participate in the incoming school year, in light of the COVID-19 situation,” the DepEd said in a statement. 

DepEd also included a survey to determine the limitations and needs of the students in relation to the new normal system due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

“The alleged enrollment quota is not true,” the agency said.

DILG tells LGUs to help DepEd enforce ‘new normal’ learning delivery in public schools

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday urged local government units (LGU) to assist public schools in their respective areas and support the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education (DepEd).

In a statement, DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said LGUs should use the special education fund (SEF) to support the localization of DepEd’s learning continuity plan and to assist public schools in their areas in adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in learning delivery modalities.

Malaya said local chief executives should immediately convene their respective local school boards to discuss which of the new learning modalities identified by the DepEd can be utilized in their respective areas.

They should also tackle allocations for the SEF, as well as identify and provide the necessary support to their teachers and learners, stressing that there is only less two months left before the next school year starts.

“In a crisis, we need all the help that we can get at ang SEF ay tulong na itinatadhana ng ating batas para sa pagpapanatili ng matibay na pundasyon at kalidad ng edukasyon sa ating bansa,” Malaya said.

“Hinihikayat natin ang LGUs na gamitin ito ngayong malaki ang kinakaharap na pagsubok ng ating sektor ng edukasyon,” he added.

Under the Local Government Code, the local school board (LSB) is a body created on the provincial, city, and municipal levels that determines the supplementary budgetary allocation the LGU can provide for the operation and maintenance of public schools nationwide, among others.

Section 272 of the Local Government Code states that “the proceeds from the additional one percent (1%) tax on real property accruing to the SEF shall be automatically released to the LSBs.”

Malaya said that the board’s function in providing support to public schools will be a big help in the implementation of the learning continuity plan this school year which “will be more challenging in comparison to the previous ones.”

“We may have a lot on our plate nowadays pero hindi natin kailanman dapat kalimutan ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” he added.

The DILG spokesperson also urged LGUs to assist in the enrollment activities by providing kiosk or center in the barangay for the distribution and collection of enrolment forms of learners in public schools in their respective areas and assisting schools in the delivery and collection of printed modules from the homes of the students.

Enrolment sa mga pampublikong paaralan, pinalawig hanggang July 15 – Malacañang

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pinalawig hanggang Hulyo 15 ang enrolment sa mga pampublikong elementary at high school sa bansa.

Inanunsyo ito ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa isang televised press briefing ngayong Martes, June 30.

“Ang mabuting balita po mga magulang extended ang enrollment until July 15, pero pwede ba po na huwag na natin hintayin ang July 15,” ani Roque.

“Pwede ba ho ngayon kapag pupuwede na, i-enrol na natin ang ating mga anak. Huwag naman natin pong hayaan na matigil ang proseso ng edukasyon ng ating mga anak bagamat mayroon pong COVID-19,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong araw sana matatapos ang schedule ng enrolment sa mga paaralan para sa School Year 2020-2021 ngunit mas pinahaba ito upang mabigyan pa ng pagkakataong mag-enrol ang ibang mga mag-aaral.

Batay sa datos ng Department of Education (DepEd) na naitala bandang alas-8 ng umaga ngayong June 30, aabot sa 15,907,786 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga estudyante na nakapag-enrol para sa darating na pasukan.

Nasa 15,222,315 sa mga ito ang papasok sa public schools habang 672,403 naman sa private schools.

Ayon sa DepEd, 57% lamang ito ng kabuuang bilang ng enrollees noong nakaraang school year na umabot sa mahigit 27 milyon.

Umaasa ang kagawaran na madaradagan pa ang bilang na ito dahil hindi pa nakokolekta ang ibang enrolment forms na drop boxes, particular na sa mga liblib na lugar.

Sinabi rin ng DepEd na pati ang enrolment sa private schools ay papayagan ring ma-extend ng lagpas sa Hunyo 30.

Tiniyak naman ni DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo na papayagan pa rin naman ang late enrolment kahit walang extension alinsunod sa umiiral na polisiya.

“Ang patakaran natin kasi, as long as they comply with the 80 days calendar days na requirement. So, since ang pagbubukas naman ng paaralan natin ay sa August 24 pi-pwede pa silang mag-late enrollees,” ani Mateo.

Samantala, sinabi rin ng DepEd official na pinagtutuunan nila sa ngayon ang paghahanda sa mga guro para sa gagawing blended learning delivery.

“Madami pa hong gagawin eh, tapos kung saka-sakali ihahanda pa natin yung mga teachers kaya nga patuloy yung mga training natin sa mga guro,” ani Mateo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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