Lack of electricity, water and books challenge school opening – DepEd
Marje Pelayo • May 28, 2018 • 6715
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
MANILA, Philippines — Regional Directors of the Department of Education (DepEd) nominated a total of 1,114 school candidates for the pilot implementation of the face-to-face classes in January 2021.
Most of them are in Regions 4A and 8 which passed the conditions set by DepEd like location and if the schools have management plans for students, teachers as well as available facilities.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said they are not expecting all 1,114 schools to qualify as they will still be evaluated.
“The other regions nagba-vary pero ang (vary but the) final listing will be very much lesser than the 1,114 considering na may ibang factor tayong tinitingnan, ikino-consider (that we are also looking into other factors),” the Secretary said.
Meanwhile, schools in Davao Region, Cotabato and the National Capital Region are not included in the list of potential venues for the dry run.
DepEd NCR Director Malcolm Garma said the NCR remains under general community quarantine (GCQ) though they are still hoping for the situation to improve soon.
“Tignan po natin pagdating po ng Enero kung ano po ang magiging estado ng National Capital Region pagdating po sa community quarantine level (Let’s see what the status of the NCR will be come January when it comes to community quarantine level),” he said.
“Maaari pong doon natin ibabatay kung handa na po ang NCR para lumahok sa gagawing pilot limited face to face (We will see then if the NCR is ready to take part of the limited face-to-face classes),” he added.
DepEd also clarified that though face-to-face classes will be implemented, it will not be mandatory for all students given the limited room capacity of 15 to 20 persons.
“Hindi po full class size at hindi rin po full week schedule ang mga bata, kundi combine pa rin po ito sa distance learning (It will not be a full class size nor a full week schedule for the children. It will still be combined with distance learning),” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan. —MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) to conduct a pilot testing of face-to-face classes.
DepEd plans to do a dry run of it in areas with low risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission preferably in January 2021.
The president agreed on the proposal following grant of emergency use authorization on various COVID-19 vaccines in other major countries around the world.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the decision transpired during the President’s meeting with his Cabinet members on Monday evening (December 14). The pilot implementation will be held in selected schools in low risk areas.
Roque said the agency shall coordinate with the COVID-19 National Task Force (NTF) for the monitoring of the conduct of the pilot implementation.
He added that the pilot implementation shall be done under strict health and safety measures with commitment for shared responsibility from DepEd, the local government units and parents.
Roque stressed, however, that this will be voluntary among parents and learners thus a parent’s permit must be submitted for the student to participate in face-to-face classes. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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