Deped welcomes House’s plan to review K-12 program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019   •   505

The Department of Education (Deped) welcomes the plan of the House of Representatives to review the K to 12 basic education program.

In a statement, Deped said the department is willing to coordinate with the members of Congress to plan a more effective implementation of the said program.

“DepEd hopes the outcome of the review will spur renewed commitment and initiatives among lawmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders in aid of realizing the K to 12 program’s overall goal – hone holistically developed Filipino learners with 21st century skills,” Deped said in a statement.

On Sunday (October 20), House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Lower House is in consensus that the K to 12 Program has to be reviewed.

“We in the House are of the consensus that K-12 is not living up to its promise, which is, after you finish senior high school, you don’t have to go to college. You gain skills to be employed,” he said.

Cayetano said there are still issues needed to be addressed including the lack of equipment of several schools to fully implement the said program.

The education department said they will work closely with Congress to address the issues of the K to 12 Program.

“A dedicated review session will provide an appropriate venue to comprehensively discuss concerns about the program and plot out corresponding solutions,” their statement reads.—AAC

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)

Training of public school teachers for distance learning to be completed by July—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2020

The training of public school teachers for distance learning is set to be completed by July, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

During the Senate Committee hearing on Thursday (June 25), DepEd reported that only 40 percent of the 800,000 public school teachers have completed their training.

Deped Undersecretary Tony Umali said there will be a massive training to be led by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

Senator Nancy Binay, meanwhile, questioned DepEd for the lack of “mapping” to determine the best learning modality in various areas in the country.

“Iyong training na gagawin sa teachers dapat angkop sa kakayahan ng lugar. For example, let’s say Bukidnon or Cordillera na alam naman natin mahirap ang signal. So why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching our kids when alam naman natin na mukhang mahirap iyong ganung klase ng pagtuturo? (The training for teachers should be appropriate for the area. For example, let’s say in Bukidnon or Cordillera which we know have difficulty in signal. Why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching kids when we know that mode of teaching would be difficult),” she said.

DepEd said they are conducting surveys to determine the capacity of students and teachers for alternative learning modality under distance learning.

“Kasi po kasabay nga po ng aming registration form ay may survey, dapat malaman namin kung ano ba ang pinakamabisang modality, pamamaraan ng pagtuturo at pag-aaral ng mga bata, (With our registration form, we also have a survey. It should help us determine what is the best modality, mode of learning for the students’ education),” Umali said.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already prepared the educational radio programs and scripts for the digital programs for Grade 9 and 10 Math and Science lessons.

Meanwhile, DepEd calls on private schools to suspend tuition fee hike and other fees.

“The Department of Education appeals to private educational institutions in basic education to defer increases in tuition and other miscellaneous fees or charges for School Year 2020-2021. In view of the financial constraints that parents and learners are expected to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” DepEd said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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