Duterte supports DepEd’s ‘blended’ and ‘distance learning’ solutions

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2020   •   348

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed with the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) on how the classes will be held come August amid the prevailing risks of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Secretay Leonor Briones, during a meeting with the President on Thursday (May 28) presented the DepEd’s proposed solutions namely the ’blended’ and ‘distance learning’ systems wherein classes will be held on digital modes such as the use of Internet, television programs and radio broadcast.

Also, the Department intends to use printed materials in areas without Internet access and where students do not have personal gadgets specifically in remote barangays and localities. 

In response, the President vowed to find additional sources of funds to support this plan. 

“I’m impressed with the simplicity of the program. And I believe that all that you have said is really feasible, radio if television is not available and all of these things. I believe you have a very workable program. I support you,” the President told Briones.

Despite his disagreement with face-to-face classes until a vaccine is discovered, the President made it clear that he agrees with alternative learning for students. 

Thus, remote enrollment will push through from June 1 to 30 and classes will open in August as planned.

Given the current situation, the President appeals to school administrations to be considerate and apply a staggered payment scheme for the students’ tuition. 

He added that parents who are struggling to pay the tuition of their children may opt to apply for loan from Landbank of the Philippines. 

“And for those who have really nothing to come up for the tuition payment, we have the Landbank and kindly listen to rules. We will open the Landbank and you can borrow money to finance the education of your children,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DepEd secures NTC’s support for TV, radio-based education

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 6, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has secured the support of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) for its television and radio-based education for the upcoming school year.

Based on NTC’s Memorandum Order No. 10-06-2020, radio and television operators are reminded to provide free assistance in broadcasting educational materials and instructions.

Deped Usec. Alain del Pascua said this is part of the department’s Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

“The Department is determined to strengthen education delivery through television, whether it is through commercial broadcast TV networks, free channels, government-owned TV stations, and even cable TV networks,” he said in a statement. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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.

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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