Lack of electricity, water and books challenge school opening – DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2018   •   6408

PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is confident that majority of schools across the country are all set for the opening of classes this June.

However, the agency admits that some schools especially those in remote areas in the country still lacks electricity and water supply.

Nevertheless, DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali assured that they are coordinating with concerned local governments and stakeholders to address the matter.

“We engage with a foundation where they put solar panels. We engage in organizations where they give solar- powered battery packs…We try to come up with the water-catching facilities and we engage with the local water districts. Hopefully they will be able to provide water connection to our schools,” Umali said.

Aside from electricity and water problems, DepEd also noted that some schools are still lacking in book supplies due to a shortfall in printing for this school year 2018 to 2019.

“Dahil binago iyong curriculum, wala pong sumasali. O may sumasali man, hindi pumapasa sa paggawa ng aklat natin…Maaaring may manuscript pero walang nag- bid para i-imprenta ito.” Umali explained.

(Because there were changes in the curriculum, no one joined [the bidding]. If there were any, they did not pass our publishing standards. There may be a manuscript, but no one is bidding to have it printed.)

But the agency assured that they have enough number of teachers for the opening of classes. To date, DepEd has achieved the standard teacher to student ratio which is 1:25 for kindergarten; 1:35 for elementary and 1:45 for high school. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

DepEd calls for teacher-broadcasters for blended learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) is encouraging teachers to apply as teacher-broadcasters for the department’s blended learning strategy.

Deped Usec. Alain Pascua said interested teachers to read the memo in DepEd workplace and submit a 5-minute demo video before July 24.

IKAW BA ANG SUSUNOD NA DEPED TEACHER-BROADCASTER?Mag-register gamit ang inyong DepEd Email sa bit.ly/depedtbaf at…

Posted by Alain Pascua on Thursday, July 16, 2020

DepEd had earlier assured that there is sufficient budget for the implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) this upcoming school year. AAC

DepEd denies report obliging teachers to sign waiver for ‘physical reporting’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) advised against reports that some teachers are being asked to sign a waiver to physically report to school or DepEd offices. 

The Department stressed that physical reporting is not mandatory under DepEd Order No. 11 Series of 2020. 

“Ang mga waiver na nag-a-authorize sa DepEd personnel at mga guro na pumasok ay walang legal effect,” the advisory read.

[Waivers that authorize DepEd personnel and teachers to report physically have no legal effect.]

The DepEd explained physical reporting is only necessary if the teacher’s specific function or task cannot be accomplished through alternative and remote work arrangements.

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DepEd eyes hiring para-teachers to aid parents in ‘new normal’ classes

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering hiring teaching assistants or para-teachers to help parents who are not capable of monitoring and guiding their children in the new normal set up this coming school year.

Para-teachers will facilitate lessons of students outside the classroom as well as provide administrative support to the Department. 

However, the DepEd said the plan is still under discussion with regard to its implementation and how it will be of help in the current situation of learners. 

Specifically, DepEd is looking at the number of students who need the assistance of para-teachers. 

Una po ide-determine namin kung ilang bata ang walang paggabay o hindi kayang gabayan ng kanilang mga magulang at ilan naman ang avilable na parateachers sa isang barangay,” noted DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo said. 

(We have to determine first the number of students whose parents are unable to guide them and the number of available parateachers in each barangay.)

Kung mas marami ang supply ng parateachers sa isang barangay pwede namin i-strategize kung papaano ang pagpunta sa bahay-bahay ng mga parateachers,” he added.

(If a barangay has many para-teachers available, we can strategize as to how they will be able to conduct house to house visits.)

If the plan pushes through, DepEd will hire unemployed education graduates to serve as para-teachers. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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